Updates and Alerts
New Professional Development Project for Family and Group Family Providers
Child Care in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018: Frequently Asked Questions
Please click here to view an FAQ session from CLASP and NWLC (National Women's Law Center) on federal spending. CLASP is a national, nonpartisan, anti-poverty nonprofit advancing policy solutions for low-income people.
Long Island Early Care & Education Day in Albany- Tuesday, March 13th, 2018
Council's annual bus trip is one month from today! Click here to access the flyer for more information. If interested in attending, please contact Kristen Weeden at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposed CACFP Changes: Food Crediting in Child Nutrition Programs
Please read the letter commenting on the proposed food changes for CACFP. The additional restrictions and regulations will add an additional burden to providers who are already providing nutritious meals to their daycare children. USDA requests your comment by February 12, 2018. Thank you!
Nassau County will host a Public Hearing of the “Child and Family Services Plan." The hearing allows the public to raise issues and offer ways to improve service delivery. Childcare will be one of the areas discussed and your input as a Child Care Provider and CACFP participant is valuable!
The Public Hearing will be held on:
Friday, February 9, 2018
2:00pm to 4:30pm
60 Charles Lindbergh Blvd.
Uniondale, NY, 11553
(Enter by the South Public Entrance)
If you have any questions, plan on attending or would like to submit a written statement, please contact us at the Council at 516 358-9250 and we will assist you in the process. Please click here to access more information if you would like to attend.
Please Take Our Parent Survey to Help Us Improve Our Services
The Early Childhood Learning Council (ECLC) is conducting this statewide survey and the Child Care Council of Nassau is distributing it throughout Nassau County. The information we gather will be used to assist in improving our services to families in Nassau. We are contacting parents, like you, who have recently accessed our services, as well as distributing the survey to other parents in the community.
The survey is available in English and Spanish online.
It should only take about 5-7 minutes for you to complete the survey in either format. Surveys must be submitted by March 31, 2018.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sandra Senior at 516-358-9250 ex. 21.
Upcoming Events for Parents- January through April 2018.
Council is forwarding this from the Long Island Doula Association. Click Here To Visit Their Website!
Applications Now Open For Pyramid Model Implementation Programs
Thinking about implementing the Pyramid Model into your child care program? Consider applying to become a New York State Pyramid Model Implementation Program. Applications are due December 15th, 2017! Click here for the electronic application and more including details about an Implementation Readiness Webinar on December 8, 2017.
NYS Fatherhood Initiative
County Executive Astorino's Fatherhood Initiative targets the full spectrum of fathers, from those who are present in the home to those who are not. Programs range from career counseling and job placement assistance to simply creating more opportunities for dads and families to spend time together. The #DadBeThere digital brochure explains how Astorino's Fatherhood Initiative is helping fathers, especially noncustodial dads, live up to their responsibilities as parents.
The 4th Annual New York Fathering Conference summit will occur at the Westchester County Center in White Plains on April 3, 2018. The theme of this year's event is "Learn Everywhere, Every Day." Find more information here.
Professional Development Provider Newsletter- Fall/Winter 2017
Parent Leadership Initiative (PLI) Recruitment
Check out our latest Professional Development Training Booklet for September 2017 - January 2018 workshops!
Resources to help children in the aftermath of a hurricane.
Super Saturday of Professional Development: October 21st, 2017
In partnership with the Long Island Pre-K Initiative. More information as well as the registration form are provided in the brochure. Click here!
Infant Toddler Annual Conference- "Small People, Big Emotions."
Click here to access the brochure and to learn more. The conference will be held on September 9th from 8 am - 4 pm at Suffolk County Community College.
Family Education Series- Four Session Program in August. Please click the link to download the PDF document for more information! This is a message from Zucker Hillside Hospital Addiction Recovery Services (Glen Oaks, NY).
7/14/2017: Click here to view Commissioner Imhof's letter to Child Care Providers regarding NYSOCFS Guidelines for Subsidy Reimbursement-Tips for Best Practices
5/23/2017: Today is Social Media Action for Child Care
WHAT: Twitter and Facebook posts to coincide with the Child Care Joint Hearing.
WHEN: Tuesday, May 23, starting at 10:30 AM.
Tweets and Facebook posts can be posted throughout the day.
WHY: The Senate Committee on Children and Families, Assembly Standing Committee on Children and Families, and the Assembly Legislative Taskforce on Women’s Issues will be holding a hearing on the access to quality child care, to examine the barriers to accessing quality child day care and how such lack of access relates to a variety of issues including child development, family stability and the economy.
5/22/2017- Two Day Summer Institute. Challenging Behaviors: Welcoming All Learners
For Superintendents, District Leaders, School Administrators, Child Care Center Directors, Teacher Leaders and Teachers, Pre-K & K
Tuesday, June 27 and Wednesday, June 28, 2017
8:30 am to 3:00 pm
Western Suffolk BOCES, Wyandanch
Sponsored by The Long Island Pre-K Initiative
Register at www.nassauboces.org/pre-k.
Fee is $115 per person through 4 pm. Friday June 2, 2017; $150 per person thereafter. No online registration after 4:00 pm on Friday, June 23.
NO on-site registration. Twelve hours of in-service credit. Questions? Call (516) 396-2263 or email email@example.com.
5/05/2017- The New York State Network for Youth Success: Power of 3.00 Ambassador Program
The NYS Network for Youth Success will be selecting a cohort of 8 passionate after-school providers and supporters from across New York who will work directly with staff from the Network’s Policy Department to develop the advocacy and media skill set to become an effective advocate for the children and youth they serve!
This is a free and all-expenses paid year long advocacy program! To learn more, and to apply for one of the 8 spots in the cohort, click here. Applications are open until Friday, May 19 at 5 pm.
5/02/2017- The 20th Annual Stand for Children Day!
On Friday June 2nd, Child Care Council of Nassau will be holding its 20th Stand for Children Day in Eisenhower Park. This day serves as a re-dedication to the issues surrounding the well-being and development of children. With critical child care funding and advocacy issues confronting the child care community and CCCN, now more than ever we want to raise our voices, awareness and much needed donations by creating a "Stand for Children" Facebook Event. We know you will want to support this effort and lend your voice!
Here's what you need to do ASAP: Record a 10 second video on your phone telling us why YOU Stand for Children. Upload it to the following DROPBOX account: https://www.dropbox.com/request/4LTVGPgdiF4GdbNok6Ns.
Share this email with your contacts - friends, family, child care programs, and advocates. Encourage them to upload their video message too. We only have until this Thursday, May 4th by 5 pm to do this. That's the cut off - so ACT NOW if you want your voice to be heard! A videographer will edit the recordings into one 2-3 minute fun video with appropriate music. It will then launch on Council's Facebook page by Monday 5/15 with a request to make a donation to our website in support of Council in advance of the Stand for Children Day event to be held on June 2nd.
Your Action is Needed Now - Record your video "I stand for children because..................." and send it to Dropbox by Thursday, May 4th.
Read, download and sign, the Photograph & Video Release Form and fax or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions feel free to contact us! Mark your calendars to join Child Care Council of Nassau on June 2nd for Stand for Children Day in Eisenhower Park starting at 10 am. Watch for more details about the Video & information on the Day in the Park coming soon!
3/09/2017- Northwell Spring Health Workshops.
Pediatric Healthy Eating/Obesity Prevention: April 5th, 2017 from 6:30pm - 8:00pm.
Common Pediatric Infections: May 8th, 2017 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm.
3/08/2017- Long Island Early Care & Education Day
Child Care Councils of Nassau and Suffolk embarked on a fun-filled and informative trip to Albany yesterday! A busload of child care advocates (including child care professionals, community advocates, and business people) traveled to the Capitol in Albany to bring state and local legislative agendas to the Long Island delegation.
1/23/2017- Exciting Grant Opportunity for Middle School Programs!
Council is forwarding this important information on behalf of the New York State Network for Youth Success.
Grant opportunity below for programs serving disadvantaged middle school youth:
Thinking about how to support middle school OST?
The New York Life Foundation has opened a new Aim High grant opportunity focused on middle school. Aim High will provide $1.95M over three years to middle school afterschool, summer or expanded learning programs serving disadvantaged youth.
A total of 18 grant awards will be made nationwide—take a look to see which opportunity is a good fit for you, and apply!
- $100,000 over two years – 4 awards to be made to organizations with annual budgets of $500,000 or greater
- $50,000 over two years - 4 awards to be made to organizations with annual budgets of between $250,000 and $500,000
- $15,000 one-year grant – 10 awards will be made to programs that demonstrate promising family engagement strategies for organizations with annual budgets of more than $150,000
Applications are due February 17, 2017.
We look forward to receiving your application, and good luck!
For more information, please visit: http://afterschoolalliance.org/awards.cfm
1/09/2017- Health Fair Announcement
-Free Health Screenings
-Free Health Information
-Health Insurance Information
Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Nassau County Department of Social Services
60 Charles Lindbergh Blvd
Uniondale, NY 11553
For more information please contact: Long Island FQHC Outreach Dept. at 516-546-9075
1/09/2017- Council is forwarding this information on behalf of The New York State Network for Youth Success. Message for Centers & School Age Programs.
NYSAN is conducting a study about out-of-school programs across the state. Out-of-school-time programs includes camps, youth development programs, expanded learning time programs, clubs, internship programs, summer camps, weekend programs, and more.
We are looking for responses from all the professionals working in out-of-school time programs, including all levels: program directors, front line educators/caregivers, and executive directors. With the data from the survey, we will be identifying the existing gaps in programs across the state and identifying the need for resources and other supports for making these programs sustainable and of high quality.
The survey can be found at this link. It should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. Please share this link with your team members and other colleagues whose opinions should be included.
For more information please contact:
Dr. Elavarasi Joseph, STEM VISTA at the Network for Youth Success at
1/05/2017- Join NAEYC's Public Policy Forum
Time: Sunday, February 26–Tuesday, February 28
Date: Westin Washington, D.C. City Center Hotel
Cost: $25/person for Sunday’s half-day Power to the Profession bootcamp and $50/person for Monday and Tuesday, which includes expert policy briefings, skill-building breakout sessions and a Day on the Hill.
In order to register, you must contact Kristen Kerr at email@example.com to receive the event registration link. The registration deadline is Friday, January 27, 2017, but teams are limited in their numbers and NAEYC encourages you to reach out and reserve your spot early! The Public Policy Forum is a NAEYC Member-Only benefit. For more information, please visit the 2017 Public Policy Forum webpage or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
1/05/2017- Opportunities for Advocacy & Public Policy
Council is forwarding this information on behalf of The New York State Network for Youth Success and NAEYC.
Join the Network for Youth Success for their annual Advocacy Day in Albany on January 31, 2017 from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. They will arrange the meetings for you and give you all the information you need to have a successful day advocating for after-school, summer, and expanded learning opportunities.
Please contact their Policy Coordinator, Sara Cooper, at Sara@NetworkforYouthSuccess.org with any questions. Click here to RSVP!
12/21/2016- Professional Development Training Booklet: "Building Blocks To Your Success."
For all upcoming workshops and seminars, covering January 2017 - June 2017, please click here. As a member with Council, you can get reduced prices on courses as well. If you have any questions, you may contact Sandra Garcia (Early Childhood Support Specialist) at 516-358-9250 ex. 28.
10/21/2016- Uncommon Approaches to Cultural Education
Attend FREE Workshops at the Long Island: Hofstra University Museum on October 27th!
Join us for these exciting day-long Uncommon Approaches to Cultural Education conference that will bring together teachers, librarians, archivists, school administrators, public broadcasting, and museum professionals to discuss and learn best practices for utilizing cultural organizations as part of curriculum-based learning. Sponsored by the Office of Cultural Education and the New York State Education Department.
For Center and School-Age Programs. Please click here to learn more,
10/17/2016- The Raising of America- Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation
FREE Film Viewing and Discussion. Thursday October 20th, 2016 from 6:30pm-9:00pm at Molloy College (Rockville Centre Campus).
Last chance! Space is limited. To register, visit: www.bit.ly/ROAMolloy. Please email Angela Zimmerman at email@example.com for more information.
For additional information and to view the flyer, please click here.
10/12/2016- Free Public Forum- Services for Children & Families in Nassau County: A Panel Discussion
Held on October 19th at the Nassau County Department of Social Services.
To learn more and find out how to RSVP, please click here to download the PDF document.
10/05/2016- A Regional Forum on Pre-K Policy Strategies: Ensuring Long Island's Priorities are Represented
On October 24, 2016, the Long Island Pre-K Initiative will host key opinion leaders, educators, advocates and policy-experts to discuss the state of Pre-K on Long Island. Headlined by Regent Roger Tilles, panelists will include Long Island Superintendents, elected officials and state-level experts.
We will come together to share and discuss the most up to date information on Pre-K policy and the resulting impact on Long Island school districts. With only 27 percent of Long Island’s 4-year olds able to access state-funded Pre-K – the lowest of any region on the state – it is essential to understand the current climate around Pre-K funding. There will be a lengthy and robust question and answer period, so you can raise the issues most important to your school district or community.
When: October 24th, 2016- 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Where: Molloy College Suffolk County Campus
7180 Republic Airport
To RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Long Island Pre-K Initiative is a grant-funded project that seeks to strengthen partnerships between school districts and community-based organizations and to share information about research, policy and best practices for early learning. Administered by Nassau BOCES, it is supported with expertise from The Early Years Institute and funds from the Rauch and Hagedorn Foundations. Our partners: Eastern Suffolk BOCES, Western Suffolk BOCES, and the Child Care Councils of Nassau and Suffolk.
9/19/2016- CCCN Annual Meeting: Early Learning in the Global Economy
Please join us for our annual meeting! Click here to view more details.
Who: Child Care Council of Nassau
What: The Importance of Early Learning in the Global Economy
Where: 2016 Annual Meeting- Hofstra University Club
When: September 28, 2016 8:30AM
Why: Nassau County is OPEN FOR BUSINESS, but who will mind the store?
RSVP to Kristen Weeden by September 23rd - email email@example.com or call (516)358-9250 ext. 35
7/27/2016- Your Comments Needed on Market Rate Regulations
Council is sharing this request from Ms. Susan Antos, Empire Justice Center
Center Directors are asked to fill in their comments in the letter and must email it to Public Information Office NYS OCFS: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please click here to download and edit the letter to input your comments. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Susan Antos directly by email: email@example.com. The deadline for comments is August 1, 2016.
7/25/2016- Long Island Infant Toddler Conference
This year's Conference will be held at Suffolk Community College on September 10th from 8:00 am-4:00 pm for both English and Spanish speakers. Please download the PDF document to learn more about this event!
Nurturing a Culture of Relationships
Building Strong Trusted Connections with Infants, Toddlers and Families
Fomentar una Cultura de Relaciónes
Construyendo Conexiones Fuertes de Confianza con Infantes, Niños y Familias
The Long Island Infant Toddler Resource Center (LIITRC) is a collaborative project of the Child Care Councils of Nassau and Suffolk funded by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. Our mission is to support those caring for infants and toddlers by providing resources, assistance on the telephone or at your program, and professional development opportunities.
6/24/2016- Zika Virus Updates and Information
“Mosquito Season is upon us. Child care providers can learn how to best avoid bites and illness transmissions in their program by clicking on the following link provided by Child Care Aware of America. Information on the Zika Virus and how to best protect yourself and the children in your care can be found here. Please contact the Health Services Department of the Child Care Council of Nassau for any questions or concerns at 516-358-9250, ext. 36 or firstname.lastname@example.org”
6/24/2016 - New EpiPen Recommendations from the FDA
The FDA has announced a change to the labeling for EpiPen and Other Epinephrine Auto-Injector, please read below.
For all epinephrine auto-injectors:
- Hold the patient's leg and keep the leg steady while you inject the epinephrine. This will help prevent the needles from cutting the thigh or becoming stuck in the skin. A study published last year found that in most cases involving cuts or stuck needles, a child kicked his or her leg while getting epinephrine. The risk of injury is minimized when the leg is held steady.
- See a doctor for infection signs or symptoms at the injection site, such as: persistent redness, warmth, swelling, and tenderness.
The FDA notes the rare possibility of getting serious infections at the injection site. These infections are linked to getting epinephrine in the buttock rather than the outer thigh.
For EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr® auto-injectors only:
- When you inject, hold the the EpiPen firmly in place for 3 seconds. The labeling change that says three seconds is enough time to keep the auto-injector in the outer thigh. Previous instructions said to hold the EpiPen in place for ten seconds.
2/22/16 - ZIKA Travel Alert - from the NYS Department of Health. Pregnant women should not travel to Zika areas. To download a copy of the NYS Dept. of Health poster see below. We recommend printing, sharing and posting this information prominently in your program.
- Before You Travel: Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks of Zika virus. Learn how to protect yourself from mosquito bites.
- When Traveling: Avoid travel to places where Zika is present. Otherwise, use an insect repellent and wear protective clothes.
- If You Have Traveled: If you are pregnant you can get tested. Talk to your healthcare provider about Zika symptoms and your need for a test for the virus.
Get the FAQs on Zika Virus, go to: www.health.ny.gov/diseases/zika_virus/ Or call the Hotline: 1-888-364-4723
1/11/16 - Come to Our OPEN HOUSE! You may download our Open House Flyer here.
The Event will be held on Thursday, February 4th from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. To RSVP please call (516) 358-9250 or email: email@example.com. We are excited to show off our new space. Staff and Board will be eager to meet you for an informal tour, chat & light refreshments. In the case of bad weather on 2/4, we will leave a message on our phone line and website. We have designated Monday, February 8th as the "snow date." Just in case!
Nassau County Executive Mangano announces that the County Department of Social Services (DSS) will be hosting its fifth Foster and Adoptive Recruitment Forum at the Long Island Children’s Museum located at 11 Davis Avenue in Garden City on Thursday, July 16th at 6:00 p.m.