News Press Releases Updates - Child Care Council of Westchester
Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Careers in Child Care

As part of our efforts to make high quality early care and education available to every child in Westchester, we’re pleased to help connect child care providers and job seekers. Follow the links below to submit or search for information.

For Child Care Providers

Candidate Profiles

Post Job Listing

Early care and education and school age programs in Westchester may post job openings and review candidates looking for work in the child care industry.

For Job Seekers

Job Openings

Submit Candidate Profiles

Individuals who are looking for work in child care programs can fill out a brief candidate profile and review current job openings. Programs interested in your profile will contact you directly requesting your resume.

New job postings and candidate profiles will be posted to the website each Friday and remain for a month.

Privacy Policy

Personal information collected by the Child Care Council of Westchester is not shared with outside parties. By submitting a form, you agree to have the Council post all required information on our website.

Published in Careers In Child Care
Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Member Directory

The Council would like to acknowledge the programs, providers and individuals listed below for supporting the Council by becoming members in 2018.

Center Members
Alcott School, The
All Aboard, Inc.
All Aboard on the Hudson
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Anna & Jacks Treehouse New Rochelle
Bright Horizons
White Plains
Bright Horizons at Bellefair
Rye Brook
Bright Horizons Children's Center
Bright Horizons Children's Center, LLC

Bedford Discovery Early Childhood Center

Bedford Hills

Beginning Years @ Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester

Bronxville Montessori School
Can We Talk, Inc. Yonkers
Center for Montessori Education, NY, Inc.
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White Plains


Croton On Hudson
Children of America Mohegan Lake, LLC
Mohegan Lake
Children's Center at Purchase College, Inc., The
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Cluster, Inc.

Collin Allen Child Development Center Mount Vernon
Country Children's Center
Creative Beginnings Children's Center, The
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Days of Wonder Child Care Program
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Dobbs Ferry
Early Learning Center at Fieldhome, The
Cortlandt Manor
Easter Seals NY
Elizabeth Mascia Child Care Center
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Family Services of Westchester
White Plains
Friendship For Tots Inc.
Mount Vernon
Goddard School, The
Hastings on Hudson
Goddard School, The
Good Shepherd Early Childhood Center
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Greenville Church Nursery School
Happy Corner Day Care Center, Inc. Port Chester
Happy Tots Child Care, Inc.
Cortlandt Manor
Harrison Children's Center
(Multiple Locations)
Harrison Day Center Inc. At Underhill Recreation Center
West Harrison
I Can Learning Center, Inc Mount Vernon
Jewish Community Center of Harrison
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John A. Coleman School
White Plains
Kids Allowed Corp.
Kids First Enrichment Program, Inc.
Mount Vernon
Lil' Sprouts Early Learning Center
Lincoln Family Institute Eastchester
Little Angels Child Care Center Rye
Little Disciple Learning Center Inc., The
White Plains
Little Sparrows Nursery School
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Lois Bronz Children's Center White Plains
Mazel Tot
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Montrose Child Care Center
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Mount Kisco Child Care Center Inc.
Mount Kisco
New Rochelle Day Nursery, Inc., The
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New Rochelle
Oak Lane Child Care Center of Pleasantville, Inc.
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Ossining Children's Center
Peas and Karrots
Pelham Children's Center
Play Care
Purchase Children's Center, Inc.
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Queen's Daughters Day Care Center, Inc.
Saint Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church
Rye Brook
Saint Peter's Child Care Center, Inc
San Andres Educational Program
Scarborough Presbyterian Children's Center Scarborough
Vernon Heights Day Care Center, Inc Mount Vernon
Westchester Community College Children’s Center Valhalla
Multiple Locations
Woodlot Christian Preschool, LLC
Young Wonders
Briarcliff Manor
YMCA of Central & Northern Westchester
North Salem
YMCA of Yonkers
YWCA Child Care Center
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White Plains


Individual Members
Abbas, Shaheen   Yonkers
Amini, Seyedeh   Dobbs Ferry
Baker, Bobbi   White Plains
Barnes, Janice Kids B.A.S.E. & The Little School
Barry, Madeline The Seed Day Care
Yorktown Heights
Blank, Nan Kol Ami White Plains
Bosques, Lillian   Bronx
Cichetti, Ingrid Tom Thumb Preschool
Yorktown Heights
Correa, Vera Bright Beginnings Preschool Yorktown
Gonzalez, Evangelina   Yonkers
Farmer, Joy   New Rochelle
Francis, Sabrina The Living Arts Village Yonkers
Howard, Kathryn Family Services of Westchester Tarrytown
Khamlue, Padsawan   Tuckahoe
Koch, Yonatan   New Rochelle
Koomson, Rose Future Stars Academy Day Care Mount Vernon
Lepore, Elizabeth   Ossining
Merchant, Lynda   Hastings on Hudson
Mumford, Deborah The Nature of Things North Salem
Orell, Margie Early Childhood Center Westchester Reform Temple Scarsdale
Overby, Onja   White Plains
Piedra, Magnolia   Ossining
Platt, Linda Jo Community Nursery School Dobbs Ferry
Podolak, Joyce Early Childhood Center Westchester Reform Temple Scarsdale
Pompi, Christina   New Rochelle
Simpson, Kelli   Buffalo
Silverio, Stephanie   Yonkers
Sink, Paulette The Seed Day Care
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Yorktown Heights
Stepman, Neil Aspire, Inc. Hastings on Hudson
Swanson, Barbara Croton Community Nursery School Croton
Symons, Caryn JCC of Mid-Westchester Scarsdale
Thayer, Leslie   Scarsdale
Tolchin, Susan Westchester Reform Temple Scarsdale
Usma, Daniela   Ossining
Vasconez, Erika White House Family Day Care Yonkers
Winston, Kowsilla   Bronx
Zuckerman, Harvey Amani Public Charter School Mount Vernon


Group Family Day Care Members
Alejandro, Yohanny Stars of Wonder Care Corp. Sleepy Hollow
Amarasiri, Padmini Higher Horizons Children's Place LTD. New Rochelle
Arismendi, Gonzalo Lady Bug Group Family Day Care, Inc. Port Chester
Arvelo, Jenny Jenny's Loving Day Care, Inc. Yonkers
Bayer-Persico, Angela Little Angel's Child Development LLC
Belin, Dana Kidz on the Go Family Daycare, Inc. Peekskill
Betwarda, Sara Jan's Kidz 'N' Motion Site III Rye Brook
Brown, Cheryl Lullaby Day Care
White Plains
Brown, Katrina Under My Wings FCC, Inc.
Uncer My Wings Day Care, Inc.
Brown, Tasha Tasha's Tots New Rochelle
Brown-Pressley, Longreece Magical Playschool Family Daycare, Inc. New Rochelle
Buitron, Gladys Rainbow Family Day Care White Plains
Carroscio, Lori The Little Kingdom New Rochelle
Castro, Melanie   Carmel
Costo, Benjamin   New Rochelle
Endo, RI-Hwa Julie's Little School
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Cortlandt Manor
Fanzo, Maryjane The Children's Playhouse of Yonkers, Inc
Fidelio, Caterina Caterina Fidelio Yonkers
Frias, Lilliam Lyon Park Group Family Day Care, Inc. Port Chester
Garcia, Lesly Tiny Blues Family Day Care Yonkers
Glade, Maria Little Dreamers Daycare Yonkers
Harper, Adrienne Jump For Joy Day Care Center, Inc. Peekskill
Hasell, Cheryl Kid's Station Yonkers
Hidalgo, Margarita Sweet Bee Day Care Sleepy Hollow
Hill, Chiffone   Yonkers
Hinson, Cynthia Teaching Little Ones Christ White Plains
Irby, Lisa Can We Talk Preschool Youth Lounge Yonkers
Jamanez, Jan Jan's Kidz Childcare Site II, Inc. Yonkers
Joseph, Brittany Future Generations Group Family Daycare, LLC Mount Vernon
Kim, Haesung Hossanna Daycare Ardsley
Knowles, Elizabeth Little House Group Inc.
Koomson, Rose Future Stars Academy Day Care Mount Vernon
Laazar, Barbara Pooh & Friends, Inc.
La Dore, Arlene La Dore's Day Care Harrison
Lewis, Shari Nana's Place Family Childcare Yonkers
Manswell, Tiffany Star Hope Daycare Mount Vernon
Maurer, Abbie Abbie Maurer Yorktown Heights
McDonald, Gloria The Worthington Nursery School White Plains
Mendoza, Martha Martha Mendoza New Rochelle
Minier, Carmen Nana Carmen Family Group Day Care Corp. Yonkers
Molina, Wanessa Happy Angel's Day Care Center Port Chester
Morales, Santos Emely Little Sweethearts Daycare Inc. Mamaroneck
Moreno, Juan Hope Child Group Inc. Rye Brook
Morgado, Miriam Amor Y Paz Family Group Child Care, Inc. New Rochelle
Morgan, Carla ABC Nursery & Learning Center Mount Vernon
Nelson-Hamilton, Lorraine Bright Minds Group Family Day Care

Mount Vernon

Nepal, Bibi Blooming Roses Day Care Yonkers
Noel, Dorothy Link By Link Children's Inc. Mount Vernon
Ordonez, Claudia Sunnyside Daycare Adventures White Plains
Perez, Adalgisa Endicotts Kids Zone LLC Elmsford
Perez, Yasnia My Children's Daycare Yonkers
Perez de Rodriguez, Nina Nina's Child Day Care Sleepy Hollow
Pierce, Tracey Tracey Pierce Family Daycare, LLC Mount Vernon
Ramirez, Liza The Children of Somers Daycare Somers
Reda, Dominique 3 Dom's Inc. New Rochelle
Rodrigues, Anna Little Feet First, Inc. Mamaroneck
Rodriguez, Jessica The Caring Tree L.L.C. Mount Vernon
Rojo, Ana Little Angelicals Daycare, Inc. Mamaroneck
Romero, Elizabeth   Yonkers
Rosado, Kathleen Tina's House Daycare, LLC Rye
Rosario, Wilma The Children Circle Hartsdale
Rothenberg, Diana The Children's Playhouse of Yonkers, Inc.
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Salyer, Ana Maria Blessed Children Family Day Care Bronx
Sanchez, Heidi   Yonkers
Scamarone, Grace Kelly's Kids Family Childcare LLC Ossining
Smith, Sharon Little Steps Day Care, Inc. Mount Vernon
Smith, Deborah Little Mirakle Makers Peekskill
Soto, Michelle Early Einstein, Inc.
Taylor, Terryann   Yonkers
Trujillo, Soraya Our House Child Care Hartsdale
Tuminaro, Carmel Please and Thank You Children's Place, LLC West Harrison
Unrath, Amy Milo's Play School Amawalk
Velasquez, Esperanza Hope Child Group Inc. Rye Brook
Walker, Adele Nana's Place Child Care, Inc. Peekskill
White, Lisa Tom Thumb Preschool
Mohegan Lake
Wignal, Murlene Wiggles and Giggles Day Care
Mount Vernon
Woo, Rosalie Kids Are People, Inc.
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Wyllie, Karina Koala Park 1
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Wyllie, Karina Koala Park 2
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Young, Yvonne   Mount Vernon
Youngs, Carmen Little Rascals Daycare, Corp. New Rochelle
Zarzuela, Fior   Yonkers


Family Child Care Members
Alvarez, Xiomara   Yonkers
Amini, Seyedeh Seyedeh Amini Dobbs Ferry
Arvelo, Gladys Mi Casa Child Day Care Yonkers
Bond, Sandra   Peekskill
Blount, Dinita   Yonkers
Cabrera, Graciela Precious Little Heaven Daycare Yonkers
Camacho, Consuelo My Sister's Daycare Inc. White Plains
Campbell, Kemmah In Kemmah's Care Mount Vernon
Chatman, Abena God's Little Giants Day Care Mount Vernon
Cills, Natasha Little Dreamers Day Care Mount Vernon
Clovis, Dionysia   Mount Vernon
Cruz, Dorfier J & B Day Care Peekskill
Defino, Anne Anne Defino Briarcliff
Eddings, Robin   Mount Vernon
Gauza, Alina Alina's Day Care Yonkers
Gilbert, Ramona A Journey By Faith Daycare Ossining
Gonzales, Maria   Elmsford
Hidalgo, Esperanza Esperanza Hidalgo Tarrytown
Hunt, Angela   White Plains
Jefferson, Lisa Sunshine Family Daycare White Plains
Keith, Jessie JSK Loving Arms Mount Vernon
Kelly, Kristie Slate Family Care LLC New Rochelle
Luna, Tracy Little Schoolhouse Family Daycare
Martino, Angelo TLC Daycare of Yonkers Yonkers
Mattison, Simone First Steps Family Daycare Mount Vernon
Matos, Susan Imagination Family Daycare Tarrytown
Mejia, Teresa Colorful Hands Daycare, Inc. Tarrytown
Melendez, Estela   Yonkers
Mercado, Deyaniris My Little Sunshine White Plains
Minier, Valeris Happy Garden Child Care, Inc. Yonkers
Moodie, Sharon Landscape Happy Kids INC Yonkers
Perez, Joyce Joyali's Daycare Elmsford
Powell, Barbara Effective Child Care Services, Inc. Elmsford
Richards, Vilma   White Plains
Rodriguez, Ana Little Explorers Daycare Yonkers
Serbeh, Linda Blessings Family Daycare Yonkers
Sutherland, Andrea Little Friends Daycare Mount Vernon
Thatcher, Glenda   New Rochelle
Thomas, Janiece Janiece's Daycare Mount Vernon
Thompson, Karen The Sunrise to Sunset Daycare Mount Vernon
Vasconez, Erika White House Family Day Care Yonkers
Veitch, Tricia   Bronx
Ventura, Elusina   Sleepy Hollow


Nursery School Members
Discovering Me Daycare Center, Inc.
Eliza Corwin Frost Educational Center
Hastings Nursery School "The Co-Op"
Hastings on Hudson
Mamaroneck Community Nursery School
Temple Beth Shalom Nursery School
Hastings on Hudson
Temple Israel Nursery School
White Plains
Play Care
Pleasantville Children's Center


School Age Members
Add Water & Stir, Inc. Ossining
Berlow's Taekwondo Academy Inc. Briarcliff Manor
Chappaqua Children’s Workshop, Inc.
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City of White Plains Youth Bureau
White Plains
Enrichment Center of Yorktown, Inc Yorktown
Irvington Children's Center Inc, The
Julia Dyckman Andrus Memorial, Inc.
Kids First Enrichment Program, Inc.
Mount Vernon
Kids S.P.A.C.E. of Rye, Inc.
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Lakeland Children's Center, Inc.
Shrub Oak
North Yonkers Preservation & Development Corp.  Yonkers
YMCA of Rye, Inc.


Organizational Members
Childrenspace North Croton on Hudson
Emmanuel Children's Mission
Mount Vernon
Kaleidoscope Child Care Center, LLC
Mount Kisco
Neighbors Link
Mount Kisco

Westchester School, The

Published in Directory
Tuesday, March 03, 2015


Professional child care providers in Westchester County are encouraged to join the Child Care Council to take advantage of discounts, resources, marketing and learning opportunities, and to support our critical mission to promote quality early care and education.

2018 Membership Benefits include:

  • Discounted registration fees for trainings
  • Listing and link on Council website
  • Unlimited free postings on the Council's job bank
  • Membership certificate for your site
  • Printed Council Training Calendar
  • Discount on Lakeshore orders
  • Early announcements of special programs and opportunities
  • Free Notary Public services
  • Complimentary Council 2018 Calendar
  • Participation in our membership referral program
  • Invitation to attend free member-only networking meetings
  • Invitation to attend exclusive member only annual events

Your membership dollars also support the Council's activities to protect Westchester's early care and learning system for children, parents and the early care and education community, through activities such as:

  • Advocacy with Westchester's elected officials for more child care funding
  • Public education to raise the public's appreciation for the benefits of a strong early learning and after school community
  • Representation in Albany and Washington to secure state and federal funding
  • Reports and resources on Westchester's regulated child care community

The last few years have been difficult as Westchester County has increased what parents have to pay for child care and restricted eligibility. We believe that the cuts might have been even worse without our continued advocacy. With your help, we continue to fight.

Join Now

Published in Members
Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Get Involved

In addition to our specific services to parents, child care professionals and employers, the Child Care Council serves as an advocate for those groups and the community at large. Our goal is for elected officials and leaders at every level to understand that quality early care and education is an essential investment not only in children and their families, but in our collective future – and to translate that understanding into action, and legislation that increases access.

The Council's current Public Policy Agenda was created by the Public Policy Committee of the Board, drawing on the Council's data reports, the results of the Parent Child Care Survey, and input from the field. Our Public Policy Agenda is revised annually, to reflect the most current needs, issues and trends. pdfSee the 2018 Public Policy Agenda.

Learn more about our advocacy work:

Published in Get Involved
Tuesday, March 03, 2015


Child Care is a Business Issue

Child care impacts the business community in a variety of ways.

On a daily basis, we see the impact in terms of productivity and employee satisfaction. Studies show that nationally, 45% of parents miss at least 2 days of work a year due to child care breakdowns, and 65% of parents' work schedules are affected by child care challenges. The annual cost to employers nationwide of unstable child care is estimated to be $3 billion!

Employers who invest in child care support for their employees, including resource and referral information, are better able to attract and retain employees, and benefit from reduced turnover and absenteeism, increased productivity, and a boost in public image and positive public relations. There are also a variety of tax benefits employers can claim related to child care services for employees.

When employers provide resources to their employees to help them learn about and find better care, everyone benefits.

pdfEmployer News You Can Use: Tax Benefits for Working Parents

pdfEmployer News You Can Use: Retaining Qualified Staff

In terms of the long-term and the big picture, high quality early child care and education for Westchester's children translates into a more ready workforce – a fundamental aspect of business growth, and of our county's ability to retain and attract businesses.

The Council is here for your employees who need:

  • Assistance finding quality, reliable child care
  • Help solving child care issues or challenges
  • Access to financial resources to assist them with paying for child care

Working parents can review the information available on this site, contact us directly via phone or email, or we can speak to a group of employees at your location.

Arrangements can be made for specialized services, including:

  • Lunchtime seminars for working parent employees, on topics like:
    • Defining and finding quality child care in Westchester
    • Child brain development and growth
    • Parenting issues, including discipline, and sleep and toilet training
  • Personalized child care searches, including:
    • Research openings for child(ren) in specific child care programs
    • Obtain copies of complaint history of child care programs parents are interested in
  • Working Parent Surveys to help you discover what your employees' needs and challenges are related to child care

Call us today, at (914) 761-3456 x139, to find out how we can help your employees "get back to work."

To see what business leaders are saying about the importance of quality child care, view materials from The Committee for Economic Development:

pdfWORKFORCE OF TODAY, WORKFORCE OF TOMORROW: The Business Case for High-Quality Childcare
pdfUnfinished Business: Continued Investment in Child Care and Early Education is Critical to Business and America’s Future
pdfChild Care in State Economies: Key Findings – New York
pdfTalking Points: The Business Case for Investing in High Quality Child Care – New York

Published in Employers

All child care and after school providers should be approved by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services to administer medication.* In order to do so, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have and maintain current first aid and CPR certificates that cover the ages of the children in your care
  • Have an Office of Children and Family Services-approved Health Care Plan with a policy for the administration of medication, and have a Health Care Consultant of record who reviews and approves the Plan. Learn more about the Council’s Health Care Consultant services and get help with your plan.
  • Be listed in your program’s approved Health Care Plan as a medication administrant, and have your Health Care Consultant review and sign your plan, to approve you as an administrant
  • Have the signed Health Care Plan approved by your program’s licensor or registrant
  • Work in a program where the oriented license or registration states the program is approved to administer medication
  • Successfully complete the Office of Children and Family Services approved Medication Administration Training (MAT) Course offered through the Council

In 2016, the course is offered at the following dates and times:

Saturday, June 2, 2018  9am-6pm 80602
Thursday, June 14, 2018 9am-6pm 80610
Saturday, July 21, 2018 9am-6pm 80721
Saturday, August 25, 2018 9am-6pm 80825

To read the registration and cancellation policy, and to register, you can:

pdfDownload the Medication Administration Training registration form

external link icon Go to online training registration

Questions? Contact Elissa Guzzardi, Director, Health Care Consultant Services, at (914) 761-3456x 154 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

* with the exception of over-the-counter topical ointments, sunscreen and topically applied insect repellant.

We want you to succeed in providing high quality child care, and in running your business. When you’ve got questions, we’re here to answer them and assist in any way we can. Reach out to us for help with best practices for providing child care, regulations, child behavior, curriculum, quality indicators, business administration practices, marketing, family engagement, children’s health, and more.

The Registration Department assists with the successful completion of the initial or renewal Family Day Care or School Age Child Care application for registration, and helps family child care providers and school age programs who are already registered with the Office of Children and Family Services improve regulatory compliance and promote quality regulated child care.

The Legally Exempt Department provides assistance to providers and parents receiving or applying for a child care subsidy, and to providers who want to complete the legally exempt enrollment application or need help setting up a program, operating a registered/licensed facility, maintaining business records, enhancing children’s activities, and joining the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Department helps Family Day Care and Group Family Day Care providers successfully plan nutritious meals and snacks, complete menus and attendance sheets, and remain in compliance with all aspects of CACFP.

The Health Services Department helps providers develop health care plans and medication procedures, and reviews and approves documents related to the program’s medication administration policy. See Health Services and Information.

For Registration, Legally Exempt or CACFP, contact Dorothy Jenkins at (914) 761-3456 x123 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For Health Services, contact Elissa Guzzardi at (914) 761-3456x 154 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Not sure who you need to speak to? Contact Idie Benjamin at (914) 761-3456 x108 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

When you are seeking comprehensive quality improvement that goes beyond the basics, we encourage you to take advantage of the in-depth, Intensive Technical Assistance available from the Council’s Professional Development Department.

These goal-oriented services will help you provide infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school age children with higher-quality care, through onsite observation and one-on-one support from a member of our trained and knowledgeable staff.

We work directly with child care center teachers and directors, and home providers and their staff, on every aspect of caring for children and running a child care or after school business. We will:

  • Help you decide how you would like to strengthen or enhance your program
  • Assist in planning and arranging environments, implementing a curriculum, introducing new activities, managing children’s behaviors, and more
  • Inform you of best practices for the care and teaching of infants, toddlers,  preschoolers and school age children
  • Coach and mentor you and your staff

Ready to get started? Contact Idie Benjamin at (914) 761-3456 x108 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Published in Technical Assistance
Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Health Care Consultant Services

For child care and after school providers who want assistance to create a useful, easy-to-follow Health Care Plan, and want to become approved by New York State Office of Children and Family Services to administer medication, the Child Care Council offers the services of a Health Care Consultant.

The Health Care Consultant Service includes at least one site visit, with follow-up consultation, and all of the following:

  1. Assistance in developing policies and procedures related to health and infection control regulations, including:
    • Child health policies and procedures
    • Staff health policies and procedures
    • Staff training
    • Daily health checks
    • Infection control policies and procedures
    • Emergency policies and procedures
    • Caring for mildly-ill children
    • Caring for children with special health care needs, like asthma, allergies requiring medications, seizure disorders, diabetes, etc.
    • Medication administration policies and procedures, including required permission, instructions, safe administration, documentation, storage disposal, etc.
  2. Resource material that will help you comply with your policies and procedures
  3. Updates regarding any changes that may impact your Plan, including regulations, forms, immunization schedules, etc.
  4. Updates to your plan as needed, like adding or removing authorized staff to administer medication. Copies of your updated Plan will be provided to your licensor/registrar for final approval.
  5. Ongoing technical assistance as needed

The fees for Health Care Consultant Services are as follows:

Price for Council Members Price for Non-Members
Family Child Care Provider $100   Family Child Care Provider $125
Group Family Child Care Provider $130   Group Family Child Care Provider $165
Child Care Center $220   Child Care Center $270
School Age Program $220   School Age Program $270

$25 discount for each additional site

Optional package:
For an additional $25, you will receive a well-organized binder that contains your Health Care Plan, featuring tabs that separate each topic area and include specific policies, procedures and resource and reference material, as well as a certificate for two hours of training which covers four different topic areas.

To get started with the Health Care Consultant, print and fill out the two following forms, and return to Elissa Guzzardi.
By fax: (914) 886-0281
By email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
By mail: 313 Central Park Avenue, Scarsdale, NY 10583

When it comes to children, health and safety come first. Since most children in the United States under the age of six spend significant time in child care settings outside the home, child care providers play a very important role in their health.

To help you keep the children in your care healthy and respond to illnesses and emergencies that will inevitably present themselves, the Child Care Council offers the services of a professional Health Care Consultant.

What you need to know:

All child care and after school providers/programs are required to have a Health Care Plan. Our Health Care Consultant, Elissa Guzzardi, can walk you through the process of creating a useful, comprehensive plan with clear policies and procedures. We’ll make sure you’ve got everything you need to meet best practice standards, keep children healthy, stay up-to-date on the latest health news and developments, and demonstrate to parents that their children’s health and safety is your priority. Learn more about how Elissa can help you.

Beyond having a Health Care Plan, we recommend that all providers become approved through the New York State Office of Children and Family Services to administer medication to children in a child care setting. To do so, you will need to compete a Medication Administration Training Course, among other things. Learn more about how to become approved.

Learn about our Health Care Consultant services and how we can help you prepare your Health Care Plan.

Published in Health Services & Info

The quality of care that children receive between birth and age 5 sets the stage for the rest of their lives. With that in mind, we want to help Westchester's child care professionals provide the very best care possible, and we do that in a variety of ways:

Technical Assistance and Quality Improvement Support
The Child Care Council provides a range of technical assistance services to current or prospective child care providers to help with a wide variety of topics. Learn more about Technical Assistance and Quality Improvement Support.

Beyond the basic regulations established by the New York State Office for Children and Family Services, accreditation by a national organization requires child care providers to meet a higher level of standards. The Child Care Council encourages all programs to pursue accreditation as one method of improving care.

pdfSee a list of accredited programs in Westchester

The following organizations offer accreditation based on national quality standards:

external link icon The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

external link icon National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)

external link icon AfterSchool Works! New York

external link icon Council on Accreditation (COA)

external link icon American Camping Association (ACA)

Professional Credentials

Child Development Associate (CDA)

external link icon Infant and Toddler Care and Education Credential

external link icon Children's Program Administrator Credential

external link icon Early Care and Education Trainer's Credential

external link icon Family Child Care Credential

external link icon School Age Child Care Credential

external link icon Family Development Credential

pdfSee information on the CDA and various other credentials for child care professionals.

A Degree in Early Childhood Education
Several colleges and universities in our area offer degrees in Early Childhood Education:

external link icon Westchester Community College

external link icon Lehman College

external link icon Fordham University

external link icon Manhattanville College

external link icon Mercy College

external link icon Monroe College

external link icon SUNY Purchase

external link icon College of New Rochelle

external link icon Empire State College

Directors Network Meetings
Share best practices with other Westchester child care program directors.

Westchester Early Childhood Directors Association Meetings:
The Network meets every third Tuesday of the month from 1 PM-3 PM at the Child Care Council office. Contact Howard Milbert at Ossining Children's Center at (914) 941-0230 or Dawn Meyerski at Mt. Kisco Child Care Center at (914) 241-2135 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

School Age Directors Network (SADN):
The Network meets every third Tuesday of the month from 10:00 am -12 pm at the Child Care Council in Scarsdale. Call Hope O'Conell at (917) 617-0903 or Joanna Saporta at (914)238-3295 for details.

Attending a conference can be a great opportunity to learn from and network with peers from across the county, state or country.

National Conferences:

external link icon NAEYC Annual Conference & Expo

external link icon North American Reggio Emilia Alliance Summer Conference

external link icon NAEYC – Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development

New York State Conferences:

external link icon WAEYC Conference

external link icon Annual National Afterschool Association Convention

external link icon New York State Association for the Education of Young Children

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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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