Items filtered by date: February 2024

Friday, March 29, 2024

Reminder: New DSS Application

New Child Care Assistance Application

Effective 4/1/2024

The NYS OCFS has developed and distributed a new Child Care Assistance Application. Please share with your families and start using as soon as possible. Be advised that the Westchester County Department of Social Services Child Care Assistance Unit will not accept the prior version of the applications after April 1, 2024.

See below for copies of new applications, instructions, and DSS CCAP Unit Staff List.

All other documents are still required (for example):


NYS OCFS ha creado y proporcionado una nueva solicitud de asistencia para el cuidado infantil. Por favor, compártala y comience a utilizarla con sus familias lo antes posible. Las solicitudes anteriores a la fecha no serán aceptadas por la Unidad de Asistencia de Cuidado Infantil del Departamento de Servicios Sociales del Condado de Westchester después del 1 de abril de 2024.

A continuación, encontrará copias de las nuevas solicitudes, instrucciones y la lista del personal de la unidad de CCAP de DSS.

Child Care Assistance Application - English

English Instructions

Child Care Assistance Application - Spanish

Spanish Instructions

DSS Child Care Assistance Unit Staff List

Just a reminder: The Child Care Council is available to assist your families in applying for child care assistance.




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Please consider the following request from the Senior Vice President of Advocacy for FARE  

FARE works on behalf of the more than 33 million Americans with life-threatening food allergies.

We are at a critical moment in our effort to cap the cost of epinephrine auto-injectors in New York.

The State Assembly has included our legislation in their budget proposal – and improved it – by eliminating the cost for all epinephrine auto-injectors in New York.

It’s hard to imagine – not having to pay for our life-saving medicine.

But if we are going to make this a reality, then we need the State Senate’s support.

And that’s where you come in.

Please click on the link below to send your State Senator a short email asking them to include the Assembly language eliminating co-pays for epinephrine auto-injectors in the final state budget.

Make Epinephrine Auto Injectors Free in NY

Then, if you have five extra minutes, please do one more thing.

Please call your State Senator’s Albany office, click here to find out who represents you, and then click on the blue box that reads “MESSAGE SENATOR,” and their Albany office phone number will be provided.

When you call, please share with the staff member who answers the phone:

1.   There are more than 2 million New Yorkers with life-threatening food allergies including either you or someone in your family.

2.   Epinephrine auto-injectors are expensive and depending on the pharmacy can cost more than $700 often making it too expensive for New Yorkers who cannot simply afford the only medicine that can save their lives.

3.   Please include the Assembly language to eliminate co-pays for epinephrine auto-injectors in the final state budget.

By sending an email and calling your State Senator, we can make epinephrine auto-injectors more affordable for all New Yorkers.

Please act today by clicking here. Thank you.

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Dream Big Honoree Spotlight: Robert Martin Company

When the people who (literally) build our communities recognize that access to child care is an essential component of a thriving workforce and economy, everyone wins. Parents go to work with trust that their children are safe, businesses attract and retain a talented workforce that includes working mothers, and children get the best possible start.

Robert Martin Company, a leading real estate development and management firm based in Westchester for over 65 years, embodies this ideal by incorporating child care centers and after school activity providers into their properties/portfolio, making youth development opportunities available to hundreds of their tenants and the thousands of employees represented by those critical businesses and organizations, and so much more.

Join us on May 7th to celebrate Robert Martin Company, our other esteemed honorees Kathy Halas and SUNY Westchester Community College, and to help us realize the dream of universal access to quality child care and early education.





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Our children are precious. So are the people who care for and educate them.

Your advocacy is working! Both the Senate and the Assembly added $220 million for the child care workforce. In less than 1 minute you can thank our legislators and urge Governor Hochul to keep this funding in the final budget. Click Here!

You can put more compensation into the pockets of our child care educators.

The Council's new Child Care Survey reveals that Westchester teachers in child care centers earn 44% less than entry-level kindergarten teachers. To see the Salary Survey highlights, Click Here!

For questions and/or more information, contact Kathy Halas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Last year, we held a Night at the Museum event for child care providers at the Westchester Children's Museum. This was a night for providers to spend time with their families in a fun and educational setting. About 70 families attended, with some adults having said that they were enjoying the museum just as much, if not more than their children. We had a terrific time too, just watching the excitement and pleasure on the faces of children and parents alike. We are bringing this event back again! You spend your lives and careers caring for other people’s children, so we are thrilled to invite you to this fun, free event just for you and YOUR family! Join us for an evening at the “Westchester Children’s Museum” to explore playful, creative, hands-on, steam-based leaning for children of all ages. Max 4 tickets per family. Thank you again for your continued support!



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The Council would love to hear how our services have helped you. Please take a moment to complete the survey and share your experience below. We'd appreciate if you can be as specific as possible regarding what we did for you and how it made a difference. For example: reduced stress, helped to find child care, improve quality of care, or grow your business.

Click here to "Share your Experience."

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New York State Immunization Requirements for Child Care Attendance

Please join the Child Care Council of Westchester and the Westchester County Department of Health for a very important live virtual presentation on the immunizations required for attendance in New York State child care programs.

Wednesday March 27, 2024

1pm - 2pm

To register for the March 27th Zoom please click here


Wednesday April 10, 2024


To register for the April 10th Zoom please click here

Both presentations will contain the same information.

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  • Do you have an amazing idea for your child care/after school program that needs some resources?
  • Is there something you've always wanted to try?
  • Have a promising approach that will make great things possible for Westchester children?

Then we encourage you to apply below for a Cate Riley Innovation for Quality Prize. Grants up to $2,000. each will be awarded.

Child care centers, after school programs, family and group family providers, and nursery schools are eligible.

Applications are due by 5PM on Friday, April 12, 2024.

For more info: CLICK HERE!

For an application: CLICK HERE!

For questions, email Anna S. (Kathy Halas' assistant) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.g

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The Child Care Council has COVID-19 Test Kits Available for Distribution.

We are offering free COVID-19 test kits.

They are available for pick up at the Child Care Council, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Please inform the front desk when you arrive that you are there for COVID test kits and how many test kits you will need. Please make your request in multiples of ten (10 kits, 20 kits, etc).

If you have any questions or need assistance, please call Gabriella Figueroa (914)761-3456, Ext. 111

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Dream Big is an event that shines light on the importance of early childhood education and recognizes individuals and organizations who help more children and families access this critical resource. This year, we're excited to honor our very own Executive Director Kathy Halas, Robert Martin Company, and SUNY Westchester Community College.

Designed to embody the magic of childhood we wish for all Westchester’s children, this experiential event will offer fun, food and activities for our guests. Why do we call it “Dream Big?” Because we believe that every child should have access to quality early care and education where they can learn, explore, and feel safe. These early experiences encourage brain growth and social emotional health, which set the stage for future academic success and so much more. It’s our dream that no child struggle unnecessarily because they didn’t get the best possible start early on.

Please join us at Dream Big to have fun, celebrate our honorees’ efforts to make the dream come true, and support our work to bring about universal access to quality early care and education.

Learn more and RSVP.



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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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