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Thursday, July 27, 2023

Provider Friends Network

Come and join other caregivers on August 19th at the Provider Friends’ & Infant Toddler Teacher Network meeting from
10am- 12pm at the Child Care Council of Westchester. 

You will have a chance to meet and network with other caregivers in the county, and share your experiences with each other. At this meeting, we will also be offering a free hour of training that can be used towards your OCFS training hours. The topic is Summer Cooking: Easy Recipes for Little Hands. We will talk about why you should & how you can add cooking experiences to your planning. You will learn some easy recipes to make, including “no-cook” recipes.

We hope to see you on August 19th! 


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Should child care be more affordable?
Easier to find?
Should child care professionals be paid 
a living wage?

If you believe, as we do, that all families should have equitable access to affordable, quality child care that meets their needs, and that child care professionals should be fairly compensated, the Council's new Parent Advisory Council may be for you!

  • Starting this fall, participate in one virtual meeting per month, conveniently scheduled, to discuss your child care challenges and ideas for improving child care
  • Share what you know and learn with other parents
  • Volunteer for opportunities to educate others

Meeting stipends will be provided

To learn more, email Kathy Halas, Executive Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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VIRTUAL - FOR SACC DIRECTORS – Navigating OCFS Regulations and Paperwork to Stay in Compliance

Tuesdays - August 1, 8, & 15
10:30am - 12:00pm

4.5 hours of training!

This extensive 3-part training will give directors a thorough understanding of the NYS OCFS Regulations for SACC programs as well as the many forms and documentation needed to stay in compliance in all 15 sections. OCFS record keeping and documentation can be overwhelming. This is your opportunity to fully understand what the regulations are telling you to do. At the end of this series, you will better understand how to meet each regulation and operate a program that is always in compliance. Don’t miss this opportunity to get answers for all of your regulations questions!

Training will take place virtually on August 1, 8, & 15 from 10:30am-12pm. Attendance at all 3 sessions is required. 

We will be reviewing and discussing ways to organize all those forms and files. Digital copies of forms will be sent before the training. Or register early enough and you can pick up a packet of OCFS forms and other helpful materials from CCCW!

Modality - Age: Center - SACC only
Training Categories: OCFS (2,4,5,7) CBK (7)
Not eligible for CDA renewal
Trainer: Idie Benjamin, Program Specialist/Career Advisor 
Cost: $30 CCCW members & non-members
Code: 20813


To register for these virtual trainings, please click the "Register Here" button or contact Gabriella at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 914-761-3456 x111.

Need to fulfill more training hours? Looking for some new ideas? Check out some great trainings here.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Thank You – Hope Plaza

 Thanks to your incredible generosity, the babies and toddlers at Hope Plaza/Plaza Esperanza received 200+ bags of books and stuffed animals. These are young children who have come to Westchester seeking asylum, and many of their families are fleeing violence and persecution. We believe these items will help bring them comfort during this undoubtedly scary and confusing time.

We learned during our visit that there is a need for toys for children 4 and under. To help, please consider a donation of $25, which we will use to purchase toys: or, select items to donate from our Amazon wish list, which will be shipped directly to the Council, here:


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Eligible for OCFS training hours
Stipend of $100. payable to each participant's program


Here are just a few of the positive comments we received from our recent June session:

  • "I will respond to kids differently!"
  • "Very informative, I learned a lot of information I can use to support youth pertaining to mental health."
  • "Informative, interesting."
  • "Just perfect."
  • "Provided a helpful outline on how to help & approach someone."
  • "Very informative; would like to take adult course and the assist class as well."

If you're working with school age children, you may be very aware of the stress children are experiencing these days.

This training, Youth Mental Health First Aid, teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders in youth. This 6.5 hour training can provide you with the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to the children in your care who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care. 

When: Saturday, July 22, 2023, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

WhereChild Care Council of Westchester, 313 Central Park Avenue, Scarsdale, NY  10583

Click here to register

Please note: There is also a 2-hour, self-paced component that must be completed before the in-person class. 

Registration limited to 3 participants per program, including the director. Registration details to follow.

 The training will be conducted by Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS).Questions/more info, email Carol Diemer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Wednesday. July 19, 2023 - 7pm-8pm

Your Child Care Council CDA course could earn you college credits! Earn an A.A. or B.A. Degree in Early Childhood Education!

Find out about the SUNY Empire State and Child Care Council's partnership, generous financial aid packages and EIP funding, and more!!

SUNY Empire State empowers learners from diverse backgrounds to achieve their educational goals. With decades of experience providing educational access through online teaching and learning, individualized instruction, mentoring, and prior learning assessment. They build on our students’ experiences to promote their growth and drive upward mobility and economic development.

Join Dr. Joan Buzick
Asst. Professor, Educational Studies, SUNY Empire State College
Idie Benjamin,
CCCW Program Specialist/Career Advisor,
for this Zoom Information Session


For additional information, contact Idie Benjamin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Please see the below for information on the upcoming ECLC training series for new directors/management of child care centers and school age programs.

The Child Care Council of Westchester will be hosting the first two sessions. Registration is free but enrollment is limited. To learn more about the trainings/to receive a more detailed pamphlet, please contact Laura Cleare at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Registration is with Mariah King: 518-690-4217 x12 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Place: CCCW Scarsdale, NY
Date: July 25th & 26th
Time: 9:30am-4:30pm

Place: Virtual
Date: August 3rd & 4th


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Contact Us

Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc.

313 Central Park Avenue
Scarsdale, New York 10583

Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Child Care Specialists extended hours are available on Tuesdays until 7pm to help you make an informed decision about child care.

Phone: (914) 761-3456
Toll-Free: 1 (844) 387-7525

Fax: (914) 761-1957

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