We’re excited to announce the 2016 Champions for Children:
Regent Judith Johnson
Monroe College School of Education
Westchester Library System.
Honorees will be recognized at the Annual Awards Breakfast, sponsored by Polaris Properties, on Friday, June 3, 2016 from 8:00 to 10:00 am at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, NY. Tara Rosenblum of News 12 Westchester will be Master of Ceremonies.
The issue of Paid Family Leave has been in the news and on a lot of people’s minds recently, and it is an important topic for many families in Westchester County. There are more working mothers than before and more children in child care. A newborn’s development is critical to his/her success in life. According to zerotothree.org babies come into the world with some very useful survival reflexes, they are still strikingly helpless, in large part because the cerebral cortex is still quite immature. The cerebral cortex is responsible for all of our conscious thoughts, feelings, memories, and voluntary actions. Although all of the neurons in the cortex are produced before birth, they are poorly connected. The cerebral cortex produces most of its synaptic connections after birth which at its peak creates an astonishing two million new synapses every second. With these new connections come a baby's many mental milestones, such as color vision, a pincer grasp, or a strong attachment to his parents.
"Math is Cool in After School" will provide after school programs with training and materials to enhance the math experiences of the students they serve. Ten to fifteen after school programs will participate in a series of workshops designed to make math concepts understandable and integrate math learning/activities throughout the day. This exciting new project is funded by the TD Bank Foundation. Westchester’s after school programs not only support working parents but also expand and strengthen children’s learning beyond the regular school day. We thank the TD Bank Foundation for its leadership in this area.
A new grant from the Westchester Community Foundation will expand and deepen the Council's advocacy activities. The award will support a report on Westchester employers’ child care needs and concerns, new infographics on the scope and cost of Westchester child care and training for child care/after school board leaders on advocacy for safe, affordable, quality child care. The Council is grateful to the Foundation for understanding the critical importance of advocacy to our work at a time when there has never been greater recognition of the importance of the early years but resources remain limited.
We exceeded our #GivingTuesday goal!
Thanks to you, we're going to create at least SIX (!) scholarships for Westchester families to get quality early care and education for their kids.
Every milestone they meet as children and each accomplishment as adults will have its roots in your generosity.
Click the link below to view the Council's Winter 2015 Newsletter.
Included in this issue:
- Focus on Early Literacy
- #GivingTuesday Update
- Annual Parent Child Care Survey Results
- and more!
To help raise visibility for the Child Care Council’s 2015 #GivingTuesday campaign and increase donations, TD Bank is sponsoring a social media challenge. Beginning on November 23rd and culminating on December 1st (#GivingTuesday), TD will donate $1 to the Council, up to $2,500 total, each time someone likes, shares or retweets specified Council Facebook and Twitter posts about #GivingTuesday. In addition, the Child Care Council’s Board of Directors will match all individual contributions, up to a total of $3,000.
Our goal this year is to raise $10,000 on Giving Tuesday - December 1, 2015 - to support our child care scholarship campaign, the Early Opportunity Fund. We have many testimonials from scholarship recipients who tell us - sometimes through tears - about the relief they feel being able to go to work without worry, knowing their child is safe, loved and learning. We want to give this gift to more families!
Do we have the child care and after school programs families need?
Whether you are an employer, a community leader, an elected official or work in the Westchester child care/after school field, it's important to know how our early care and education community is doing. Join us to hear the latest data on supply, cost and quality and for the results of our latest parent survey on their child care experiences. White Plains Public Safety Commissioner David E. Chong will talk about why access to programs for children and youth matters to law enforcement.
Date: Friday, October 30, 2015
Location: YWCA of White Plains, 515 North Street, White Plains