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Council Hires Somali and Swahili Support Specialist

August 31st, 2016

Child Care Council Inc. has hired Abdirahman Osman Hussein as a Somali and Swahili support specialist.

In this role, Hussein will provide language-translation and support services to better link the Council and its programs with the Somali- and Swahili-speaking communities. He previously served as a community worker for GTZ Uganda in Uganda, East Africa, where he worked with people with special needs and with single parents with disabilities.

Abdirahman Osman Hussein holds certifications from the American Refugee Committee, German International Corporation and United Nations High Commission for Refugees.


What is the Pyramid Model?

June 28th, 2016

New York is participating in an early childhood professional development opportunity designed to support the social and emotional development of children birth through five. The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) has developed a conceptual framework of evidence-based practices for promoting young children’s social and emotional competence and for preventing and addressing challenging behavior. The Pyramid Model includes extensive training materials, videos, and print resources to help New York’s programs and providers implement the model.


The modules are appropriate for professional development of providers, administrators, and teachers/caregivers who work with infants, toddlers and preschoolers (aged birth – 5 years of age). Each module is a whole day training (6-7 hours) although modules can be broken up into shorter training over a period of several days if preferred. Modules should be completed in order as concepts built upon each other.

You can see descriptions of the models by clicking the following. IT info Pyramid Flyer    Preschool Info Pyramid Flyer

If you are interested in more information about how to bring the Pyramid Model to your program, please contact Rose Shufelt, Master Cadre trainer, at 585-654-4740 or [email protected]. You can also find out more information about the model at

Latino Services Team Receives Innovation for Quality Award

June 22nd, 2016
Child Care Council Inc.’s Latino services team has received an innovation award for its successful outreach to Spanish-speaking child care providers.

Coordinator Hector Santiago and the Latino services team were awarded the Cathryn A. Riley Innovation for Quality award in recognition of the team’s development of comprehensive services and an effective outreach campaign for Spanish-speaking providers. The award was presented at the Early Care & Learning Council’s annual meeting in Albany, N.Y.

“All of us at Child Care Council are absolutely thrilled that Hector Santiago and our Latino services team have earned this well-deserved award,” said Child Care Council CEO Barbara-Ann Mattle. “Hector’s personal story of how he joined the Council is inspirational, and the team’s success is a testament to its innovative spirit and approach to expand the Council’s services to Spanish-speaking child care providers and to the Latino community as a whole.”

A Truly Innovative Team
Child Care Council’s Latino services team supports child care providers and ensures the Council communicates effectively with limited English-proficient individuals in the community. The team started as a one-person operation, when Hector Santiago came to the Council to be fingerprinted as a child care provider – walking more than four miles from his child care center on a cold and snowy winter day with no coat. Council staff took note of his determination and of his early childhood education degree, and encouraged Hector to apply for a job with the Council.

During the interview process, it became clear that Hector’s command of the English language was not sufficient for the job for which he applied. However, all the managers agreed to hire a part of Hector’s time, so he began working as a combination registrar, child and adult program specialist, legally exempt enrollment specialist and Spanish-language translator.

After working in these roles for one year, he approached Council CEO Barbara-Ann Mattle with the idea of increasing the Council’s visibility in the Latino community. He recruited more child care providers to utilize the agency’s services and helped grow the number of Latino professionals on staff.

The innovation has achieved numerous results, including:
– The number of Latino providers participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program has steadily increased from 10 providers when Hector started, to 60 providers today.
– In 2015, for the first time, Child Care Council offered its CDA training course in Spanish. Fifteen Latino child care providers completed their Child Development Associate (CDA) credential coursework and graduated during a special ceremony – making it the largest Spanish-language child care provider training class of its kind in Upstate New York.
– The Latino services team has grown from one to six staff members.
latino award

Democratic Committee’s Donation to Support First Aid, CPR Provider Training

May 3rd, 2016

Child Care Council Inc., a nonprofit agency working to improve child care quality, announced today that a recent donation from the Monroe County Democratic Committee will support first aid and CPR provider training.

Last month, the Monroe County Democratic Committee announced it will donate $5,250 to the Council. The Council’s board of directors and management team has decided to put these funds toward first aid and CPR training for enrolled legally exempt providers who serve low-income working families. This enhanced training is currently not required for legally exempt providers.

“Child Care Council greatly appreciates the Monroe County Democratic Committee’s generous contribution,” said Child Care Council CEO Barbara-Ann Mattle. “Our nonprofit agency is dedicated to ensuring the highest quality care for children in our community. These new funds will enable us to train more child care providers in first aid and CPR and to help ensure safe environments for the children in their care.”

The first aid and CPR training is expected to begin in early summer.

Council Expands Services for Children with Developmental Disabilities

March 3rd, 2016

Child Care Council Inc. has been awarded $68,000 in annual grant funding for up to five years from the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities to provide a behavior support program in child care settings in Monroe and Wayne counties.

These grant funds enable Child Care Council to serve children with developmental disabilities who are exhibiting challenging behavior that may affect their placement in a licensed, registered or legally exempt child care program. The Council will provide free, on-site, intensive technical assistance to help implement positive behavior strategies and to increase provider understanding of a child’s behavioral needs. In addition, the Council will work with providers to develop customized plans that will benefit the child and enhance their positive experience in child care. Providers can benefit from up to 15 hours of technical assistance per child.

“A recent Child Care Council survey revealed that 50 percent of providers have a child with special needs in their programs and 79 percent of providers have experienced behavior challenges while working with children with disabilities,” said Child Care Council CEO Barbara-Ann Mattle. “We are grateful to the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities for this funding, which will enable us to provide hands-on support to providers to help improve the level of care for children with disabilities.”

Mattle noted that this latest grant funding also expands on the special-needs services currently provided by the Council, such as free, enhanced child care referrals to parents who have a child with a developmental disability.

Behavioral Training Series
As part of the grant, Child Care Council also is offering a behavioral training series to inform providers about special-education laws and how to assist the families they serve. The three-part class series will cover 1) how the Americans with Disabilities Act pertains to a provider’s program when working with children with disabilities; 2) research-based intervention strategies to address challenging behaviors; and 3) how to identify the differences between a “meltdown” and a tantrum.

Upcoming class dates are as follows:

-Rochester: March 12 and 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

-Rochester: May 23 and 25, and June 1, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

-Newark, Wayne County: June 13, 20 and 27, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

While the technical assistance is available to providers at no charge, a fee of $30 is required for the class series. For more information about the training series or about the behavior support program, child care providers can contact Kristen Torkelsen, special needs advisor at Child Care Council, at 585.654.1224 or at [email protected].

Council Selected as One of 10 Sites for National Child Brain Development Initiative

February 18th, 2016

Vroom project is a Bezos Family Foundation initiative

Child Care Council Inc. has been chosen as one of only 10 sites across the country to participate in a healthy child brain development project.

Child Care Aware® of America selected the Council as part of a national network of communities and organizations activating Vroom, a Bezos Family Foundation initiative that is helping parents nationwide promote brain development in children from birth to five years old. Child Care Council and other participating sites – part of Child Care Aware of America’s nationwide Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) network – will use Vroom to bolster its current work with families.

Vroom provides interactive tools and resources that highlight the science behind early brain development, showing parents how they can turn activities like bath time and mealtime into opportunities that build their children’s brains. This partnership is particularly exciting in its ability to facilitate a far-reaching culture shift − one that begins with parents understanding early brain development and extends into how families, providers, businesses, and communities all work to support brain development during the first five years of life.

“Child Care Council is pleased to be selected as one of the 10 sites in the nation to participate in this outstanding Vroom project,” said Child Care Council CEO Barbara-Ann Mattle. “Through Vroom, we will help nurture parent-child interaction and educate parents about brain-building messages, both of which are critical to healthy child brain development.”

“We’re thrilled to see such a diverse mix of child care programs and providers integrating Vroom,” said Jackie Bezos, president and co-founder of the Bezos Family Foundation. “More than 11 million children under the age of five are in some form of child care. It is one of the most important decisions a parent can make. This partnership will help strengthen the relationship between child care providers and families by putting brain-building language and tools at the center of both environments.”

Other sites selected for Vroom include: Childcare Resources Birmingham (Alabama); Child Care Aware® of West Central Arkansas; Child Care Resource Center (California); Florida Office of Early Learning; Child Care Resources Inc. (Montana); Southern New Hampshire Services Child Care Resource and Referral; Capital District Child Care Coordinating Council Inc. (Albany); Child Care Connection, a program of Info Line Inc. (Ohio); and Corporation of Ohio Appalachian Development.

About Child Care Council Inc.
Child Care Council Inc. ( is a comprehensive parent-referral, adult-education and community-resource agency working to improve the quality of child care. A Child Care Aware® Quality Assured agency, the Council provides information, training and resources to child care providers and parents in Monroe, Livingston and Wayne counties. The non-profit agency offers coordinated services to support child care programs, including a professional library, referral services, free notary public, fingerprinting waivers, reduced-cost business services, and a resource/recycle shop (Repurpose & More Store).

About Child Care Aware® of America
Child Care Aware of America is our nation’s leading voice for child care. We work with state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) and other community partners to ensure that all families have access to quality, affordable child care. To achieve our mission, we lead projects that increase the quality and availability of child care, offer comprehensive training to child care professionals, undertake research, and advocate for child care policies that improve the lives of children and families. To learn more, visit Follow us on Twitter @USAChildcare and on Facebook at

About Bezos Family Foundation
The Bezos Family Foundation is a private, independent foundation established by Jackie and Mike Bezos, who along with their children and spouses, serve as directors. Their vision is that all young people are prepared to achieve their full potential and make a meaningful contribution to society. The Bezos Family Foundation supports rigorous, inspired learning environments for young people, from birth though high school, to put their education into action. Through investments in research, public awareness, and programs, the foundation works to elevate the field of education and improve life outcomes for all children. Follow Vroom on Twitter @joinvroom and on Facebook at

Repurpose & More Store Featured on WROC

January 15th, 2016

Child Care Council’s Repurpose & More Store is featured in a Go Green segment on WROC TV-8:

See the story.

Fausto Prattico Receives ECLC Award

May 5th, 2015

Fausto Prattico, principal of Lavoro Group, received the 2015 Excellence in Leadership Award in the Business category from the Early Care & Learning Council (ECLC).

Prattico was recognized for showing exemplary leadership in advancing high-quality early care and education. Child Care Council nominated Fausto Prattico for the award, citing his efforts to increase awareness of the value of early childhood education, through direct marketing to his business clients’ employees.

The Council also highlighted Prattico and his company’s role as the major sponsor of its annual Start Bright Gala, which raises scholarship funds for ongoing training of child care providers.

“Fausto Prattico and Lavoro Group are tremendous supporters of high-quality child care in the Finger Lakes region,” said Child Care Council CEO Barbara-Ann Mattle. “The Council is delighted that the Early Care & Learning Council honored Fausto’s significant contributions to child care and early childhood education.”

Prattico received the award June 3, 2015 at the annual meeting of ECLC, a statewide, not-for-profit organization that promotes excellence in early care and education.

Child Care Council Launches Early Literacy Program

December 17th, 2014

Family child care providers in the city of Rochester can help children in their care to be ready for school, through a new Child Care Council Inc. program. The Council’s Early Literacy Connections program is designed to achieve greater consistency in the quality of early literacy programming experienced by young children.

This curriculum is designed for use in a multi-age, family child care setting.

View or download the Council’s news release: CCC – CCC – Literacy news release final (PDF file)

Child Care Council Applauds NYS Assembly

April 20th, 2014

Press Release; ROCHESTER, N.Y., March 10, 2014 – Child Care Council Inc., a nonprofit
parent-referral and community-resource agency, today lauded the New York State
Assembly’s approval of legislation to increase the state’s investment in quality
child care, and it urged the state Senate to pass it as well.


Developed by the Assembly Child Care Workgroup led by Assembly Speaker
Sheldon Silver, the extensive package of legislation is aimed at strengthening
access to quality, affordable child care, increasing funding for child care
subsidies and providing greater opportunities for child care provider training.
Specific provisions include enacting a paid family leave act; limiting the
co-pay for child care subsidies to 20 percent; reimbursing child care providers
for absences of children receiving child care subsidies, helping to ensure
quality care; increasing access to training programs and professional
development activities for providers; and establishing the Early Learning
Council (ELC) to secure support for public and private investment in early
learning for children up to the age of five.


The Assembly also voted to increase funding for child care by nearly
$400 million over the next four years, which would increase the availability of
child care slots for families up to 200 percent of the poverty level through an
$11 million annual investment in child care subsidies.


“The state Assembly has taken bold steps to improve access to, and the
quality of, child care across New York state,” said Child Care Council CEO
Barbara-Ann Mattle. “As a nonprofit agency committed to helping parents find
the highest-quality care and to enabling providers and early childhood educators
to receive the most advanced training, Child Care Council applauds the Assembly
for approving this legislation, and we strongly encourage the state Senate to pass
these bills.”


The Child Care Workgroup created the comprehensive package of reforms
and investments following extensive research, roundtables and discussions
between workgroup members, parents, child care professionals and advocates.