Updates and Alerts
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
Thanks in advance for your time and help!
1/05/2017- Child Care Councils of Nassau and Suffolk: Long Island Early Care & Education Day
Make Your Voice Heard in Albany!
Save the Date: Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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.
Have a wonderful holiday season!
12/06/2016- Shooting for the Stars: Getting Staff Involved in Quality Improvement Plans Initiative
"Shooting for the Stars" is an opportunity for your agency to gain FREE training, technical assistance, and materials and to increase the quality care your program offers the children and families served. Please see below for important documents.
If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please contact Lisa Hilliard (Early Childhood Services Senior Specialist) at 516-358-9250 ext. 15.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com”
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
/17/16 - Long Island Early Care and Education Day in Albany - Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 - Reserve Your Place Today!
Come and join the Councils on a fun-filled and informative bus trip to Albany. A busload of child care advocates (including child care professionals, community advocates and business people) from Nassau and Suffolk counties will travel to the Capitol in Albany to bring our state and local legislative agendas to our Long Island delegation. Several groups will form to visit as many of representatives as possible.
The bus trip is free of charge! However, it is necessary to send a $25 deposit to hold your reservation.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
6/17/15 - MANGANO ENCOURAGES RESIDENTS TO CONSIDER BECOMING FOSTER AND ADOPTIVE PARENTS - 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.