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Project Summary:

Mission:  The Child Care Council of Westchester ("CCCW") champions the healthy development of children, families, and community by offering childcare resources, referrals and information to parents, employers, and childcare providers.

As part of a state and national network of childcare resources and referral agencies, CCCW assists lower-wage households with newborns and children up to age 13 find affordable childcare, support new and existing childcare and after-school programs with a full suite of services including virtual and in-person training, conferences, technical assistance, consulting, quality improvement grants and new business support services. CCCW supports over 720 center-based and home-based programs regulated by the NYS Office of Children & Family Services.

Major Programs: 

  • link parents & caregivers to safe, quality childcare options
  • connect parents to financial assistance through county DSS and Westchester Works Child Care Scholarship Program
  • administer Child & Adult Care Food Program to ensure healthy meals & snacks for home-based childcare
  • train childcare professionals to meet regulatory requirements & best education/care practices
  • offer Child Development Associate credential courses
  • offer guidance to safely administer medications to children for asthma, allergies, diabetes
  • assist employers to meet childcare needs of their workers
  • hire developmental specialists to address behavioral & developmental challenges

Project: Raising Up Home-Based Child Care Providers (New Program):

Realizing the difficulties of childcare providers, especially after COVID-19, CCCW obtained state funding to train home-based providers in basic business operations like budgeting, identifying costs, setting prices, and contracting with parents.  Many providers do not have computers and miss out on virtual opportunities for training and other digital support to strengthen their businesses. 

If awarded the Transformational Grant, CCCW will give 80 providers Lenovo tablets, Brightwheel childcare management software, printers, connection to low-cost internet service, and necessary training to run their businesses more efficiently, attend online training sessions from home, and improve the quality of care. Providers will keep their devices after the training program ends.

Project goals and objectives:

  • increase the capacity of home-based providers to provide quality learning experiences
  • improve business operation efficiency
  • build the business capacity of 100 home-based childcare providers
  • increase the number of child development training courses that home-based providers can attend
  • promote greater digital access and equity in Westchester County
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