Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) is hosting an Informational Session!
OCFS is holding an informational webinar on Wednesday, August 31st at 11am to step through the application process and answer any questions providers may have with the portal opening for SACC programs and new providers who were licensed before January 1, 2022.
The session is open to only the first 1,000 attendees but will be recorded and posted on the OCFS website. Register here.
CHILD CARE STABILIZATION GRANTS ARE BACK!
August 30th the portal opens for SACC and programs licensed on or before January 1, 2022.
Child Care Stabilization Grant 2.0 for Workforce Supports. OCFS is prioritizing workforce support for child care staff by requiring that at least 75% of the Child Care Stabilization Grant 2.0 for Workforce Supports be spent on workforce support expenses.
For more information and application assistance, please call 914-761-3456 to speak to our Child Care Business Development Specialists.
- Jayselle Trancoso x227
- Jessenia Tejada x161
Helping young children realize their full potential is a critically important task. Those who do it well display an understanding of children, passion for their work, creativity and more. To encourage on-going efforts to build child care quality, the Council established the Cathryn A. Riley Innovation for Quality Prize in 2016, named after a former member of the Council’s team who made a lasting impact not only on the Council but also the field statewide. With an unprecedented number of grant applications this year, the Council is delighted to announce 9 awardees including centers, family child care and afterschool programs:
Amani Public Charter School – Scholar Sensory Awareness Room. A calm and peaceful space will be created to help students relax and manage their stress. The room may be used for multiple purposes such as meditation, yoga, massages via a massage chair, etc.
Country Childrens Center - School Age 3D Printing Discovery Club. The new school-age club will bring children and teachers together to experience the evolving world of additive manipulation and computational literacy, not only enhancing the quality of the afterschool experience but also advancing the children’s creativity and imagination.
Endicotts Kids Zone - Outdoor Learning Space Expansion. With new equipment, toys, materials and a gardening experience, the children will increase their exploration and enjoyment of the outdoors and also learn more about healthy nutrition.
First Stage Day Care – Enhancing Playground Experience. With the installation of new playground equipment, the children will increase their enjoyment of the outdoors as a place for physical, social, emotional and cognitive learning.
Jump for Joy Day Care – We Are the World. In learning about other cultures – their celebrations, foods, dress, language and more - the children will understand and respect differences.
RABY Stem Childcare – Lil Olympics. Children, staff and parents will come together to learn and practice yoga, stretching, gross motor activities and better nutrition, culminating in a special community event.
RYE YMCA – Expanding After School. An elementary school offering STEM, recreation, arts and crafts and more will have new materials and supplies to enrich the learning experience for their children.
Y-COP of Mount Vernon – Hummingbirds Group at Summer Camp. A key summer camp program expands to serve younger children with appropriate materials and activities.
Yosaya’s Day Care - Montessori Arts and Crafts and Outdoor Family Day. Expansion of art activities to promote children’s development and also foster closer connections between program and families.
We look forward to sharing the results and “lessons learned” from our recipients with you. For a list of all the Innovation for Quality award winners, from 2016 to 2022, click here.
Help make child care more affordable, please let your families know about...
Child Care Assistance through the Department of Social Services (DSS) have even higher income eligibility levels:
Working families making below:
- $54,930 for a family of 2
- $69,090 for a family of 3
- $83,250 for a family of 4
ONLY New or Re-certification Applications along with supporting documents are accepted.
Supporting documents or other documents MAY NOT be submitted via email when they are not being submitted with a new or re-certification application. These documents need to be dropped off, mailed, or faxed to 914-813-4301.
The income levels for the Westchester Works Child Care Scholarship also increased
YOU COULD HAVE YOUR CDA CREDENTIAL IN A YEAR!
2022-2023 Infant Toddler & Family Child Care In-Person CDA Course meeting at the Child Care Council of Westchester. This course is an intensive, exciting learning opportunity that will improve your understanding of young children and your skills for caring for them.
First Class - Tuesday, October 18, 2022
Application Deadline - Friday, September 30, 2022
Supported by a generous grant from the Westchester County Office for Woman, the cost is only $50.
After completing this 120-hour course, you will be eligible to apply to the Council for Professional Recognition to receive a CDA Credential. We will take COVID-19 precautions to meet safely in-person at our office in Scarsdale. COVID-19 protocols can be found in the application packet.
If we feel it is safer not to meet in-person, the class will go to a Zoom format and move back to an in-person class as soon as it can.
This CDA course is open to child care professionals who work in Westchester County with infants and/or toddlers in child care centers OR family/group family programs. People interested in working with infants and toddlers are also welcome. Priority is given to teachers working in programs where some of the children are receiving a child care subsidy and/or from low-income families.
WHY SHOULD I GET A CDA CREDENTIAL?
- Improve your knowledge and skills for working with young children
- Advance your career - in NYS, a CDA can be a group teacher
- Meet job requirements
- Reinforce your commitment to early childhood education
- Provide parents with peace of mind
- Understand developmentally appropriate practive
- Increase your confidence as a teacher
CLICK HERE for the course application
CLICK HERE for more information about the CDA Credential, the steps to receive it, and the Child Care Council's CDA program
Send us your application via:
- Fax - 914-761-1957, Attention: Idie Benjamin
- Mail - Idie Benjamin, Child Care Council of Westchester, 313 Central Park Avenue, Suite 4, Scarsdale, NY 10583