The Child Care Workforce CRISIS is REAL

97% of all occupations pay more than child care in NYS.

While we work to make the compensation of the child care workforce equal to the value of their contribution to children, working parents and our whole economy, we need NYS to fund the Child Care Workforce Compensation Fund at $1Bil in this budget.

Recently, more than 150 parents, child care providers, nonprofit leaders and business executives from the Mid-Hudson region gathered to call on New York State elected leaders to adequately fund child care in the upcoming budget. Hear what the child care community had to say: Click Here!

Please do these 2 things today:

  • Send your support letter to Governor Hochul and your representatives in the Senate and Assembly. Click Here! Just 3 mins of your time!
  • Share this email with friends, family, co-workers, parents - everyone who cares about children and those who care for them.

The Early Learning Nation, a new publication on early learning, asks how we can have a strong child care policy without investing more in the child care workforce. Spoiler Alert - we can't. To read more, Click Here!

Dream Big will be a lively cocktail party where we'll have fun food and activities some of you may remember from your younger years. And, we're excited to honor our esteemed County Executive, George Latimer, and the Board of Legislators for their support of child care. But, that's not all.

This event is designed to remind us of the joys of childhood, and demonstrate what we want childhood to be like for every baby born in Westchester. Early years that are full of joy and wonder, and opportunities to learn, explore and grow. Clean spaces, lots of books and toys, room to run. Feeling loved, safe and secure. These aren't just nice-to-haves. These early experiences determine brain growth - which sets the stage for all future learning and social/emotional health. Without quality early care, kids will struggle to keep up with their peers when they enter kindergarten and meet their potential later in life.

We hope you will join us at Dream Big to have fun, celebrate our honorees, and support our work to bring about universal access to quality early child care.

Learn more and RSVP.

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Council's Cate Riley Innovation to Quality Grant Applications Are OPEN

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Once again the Council invites child care, after school and nursery schools regulated by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) to apply for a Cathryn A. Riley Innovation for Quality Prize. Each Prize will be funded up to $2,000 depending on the project budget request and availability of funds. The Council launched the Innovation for Quality Prize initiative in 2016 to support new improvements in early care and education quality. Since its inception, 28 Prizes have been awarded. To see the list of inspiring projects, pdfclick here.

Applications are due by the close of business on Friday, April 14, 2023. For questions, please contact Anna Silvani, Executive Assistant at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For a copy of the application, pdfclick here.

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Let's do something great for Westchester's children!

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

Then we encourage you to apply for a Cate Riley Innovation for Quality Prize. Three (3) grants up to $2,000 each will be awarded.

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

Applications are due by close of business on Friday, April 14, 2023.

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.

Did you know 97% of occupations in NYS pay better than child care?

The NYS budget must do more for the child care workforce. 

We appreciate everything the Governor and the NYS Senate and Assembly have done for child care.

But a new report released by the Raising New York Coalition shows just how big the compensation gap is. And it's that compensation gap that is causing the vacancies and high staff turnover in the child care field.

Did you know that a Lead Teacher now being paid $43k (NYS average) would have to be paid $73k to reach a living wage in Westchester?

We are calling for a direct investment in the child care workforce of $1.2bil which includes $1bil in a Child Care Workforce Compensation Fund and $190mil for a health insurance premium support program.

Please do these 2 things today:

  1. Send your support letter to Governor Hochul and your representatives in the Senate and Assembly. Click Here! Just 3 mins of your time!
  2. Share this email with friends, family, co-workers, parents - everyone who cares about children and those who care for them.

Want more info? Check out these info sheets from the Empire State Child Care Campaign:

ESCCC Fund Child Care Workforce

ESCCC 2023 Policy Priorities

ESCCC Fund Immigrant Children

For the full Raising New York Report on the true cost of child care: Click Here!

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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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