Child Care Assistance Big Changes
What Providers need to know!
Financial assistance to help families pay for child care is available to more families then ever before. It's for families of higher income.
It's for working parents, parents seeking employment, or going to school.
You can use it as a marketing tool... help your parents save on the cost of care.
Your 2023 #GivingTuesday donation to the Child Care Council will be special in two ways:
- Your dollars will fund the Council's own scholarship programs, which allow us to help families who do not otherwise qualify for financial assistance. These scholarships make safe child care more affordable for families experiencing homelessness or domestic violence, for grandparents caring for grandchildren, for parents going back to school, and more.
- CClean Commercial Cleaning will MATCH the first $5,000 in donations.
Our goal is to raise $35,000 on or before Giving Tuesday: November 28, 2023.
Together, we can ensure that safe, quality child care is a resource for families, instead of a barrier.
Support Westchester Works Child Care Scholarships
You have an opportunity to thank Westchester County Executive George Latimer and his team, and the Westchester Board of Legislators for funding Westchester Works last year, and again in 2023, and to ask that it continue in 2024.
The County Executive will release his 2024 budget in early November. Right now you can go ahead and make plans to attend one or more of the Board of Legislators' Budget Hearings to support on-going child care funding. Here are the dates and locations:
- November 16th, Warner Public Library, 121 N. Broadway, Tarrytown, NY, 10591 at 6pm.
- November 20th, Chappaqua Performing Arts Center, 480 N. Bedford Rd., Chappaqua, NY, 10514 at
- December 6th, Westchester Board of Legislators Chambers, 8th Floor, 148 Martine Ave, White Plains at 7pm.
Note Nov 16th at Warner Library session starts at 6pm, the other meetings at 7pm. If you want to speak, arrive 45 to 60 mins. ahead of start time, as speakers go in the order in which they sign in.
Lots of ways to participate. You can observe and clap when others talk about the importance of child care. You can tell your child care story (up to 3 minutes) and thank Westchester County for its great support of child care all these years - and again in 2024. You can stand alongside someone else who speaks. Plus you can bring your children.
More info to come.
Kathy Halas, Executive Director
Westchester County Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics and Information
COVID-19 Vaccine Information as of 10-18-23
An updated monovalent COVID vaccine targeting the Omicron XBB.1.5 variant has been approved for use and is recommended for everyone six months and older to protect against serious illness. We are now offering the updated monovalent COVID vaccine at our Health Department vaccination clinics.
Please be advised that we are no longer able to provide COVID vaccine to everyone interested in receiving it at our clinics. As a safety net provider, COVID vaccines are now only available to children eligible for the Vaccines for Children program and adults who are not insured or are underinsured through the Bridge Access Program at our clinics. If you meet this criteria, you can make an appointment at one of our vaccine clinics by calling (914) 995-5800.
If you have health insurance, you are able to get the updated COVID vaccine at places where you would normally go to get vaccines, such as at pharmacies and medical provider offices. Use the Vaccine Finder Tool to schedule a COVID vaccine near you.
Stay Up to Date with COVID-19 Vaccines
- Everyone aged 6 years and older should get 1 updated Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to be up to date.
- People aged 65 years and older may get a 2nd dose of updated Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
- People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised may get additional doses of updated Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
- Children aged 6 months–5 years may need multiple doses of COVID-19 vaccine to be up to date, including at least 1 dose of updated Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, depending on the number of doses they’ve previously received and their age
Visit the CDC website for more information about COVID vaccination
Vaccine Finder tool to locate pharmacies and other community sites offering
COVID-19 vaccines in your area.