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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.

Our agency has proudly achieved National Quality Assurance!

December 4th, 2013

Fifteen New York CCR&Rs have joined 11 other CCR&Rs as Child Care Aware® of America Quality Assured, a national certification earned by CCR&Rs that demonstrate their administrative functions for core competencies and their services to parents and providers meet national best practices.

“We are very excited about these results,” said Barbara-Ann Mattle, Chief Executive Officer of Child Care Council, Inc., in Rochester, N.Y., one of the Quality Assured CCR&Rs. “The process took a great deal of effort but we feel strongly that the work has been a great benefit to our organization, and we continue to work to reach 100 percent at all categories.”

Please read our local press release, CCC – Quality Assured release

To see the national press release, click

Excellus BCBS Helps Lung Association Create More “Asthma-Friendly” Child Care Centers

February 4th, 2013

Child Care Council Inc. has partnered with the American Lung Association of New York to develop a pilot project directed at creating the safest environment for children with asthma to receive care. To begin the process of becoming endorsed, attend one of the Asthma 101 trainings, then self-complete the Asthma Friendly Child Care Endorsement Guide. Child Care Council’s Registered Nurses will guide you through the process of becoming an Asthma Friendly endorsed child care program.

Read the new press release describing the program!  Asthma Friendly Childcare Project Excellus BCBS Press Release 1 29 12

New York State Awards Four Contracts to Child Care Council

September 21st, 2012

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Sept. 20, 2012 – Child Care Council Inc. has been awarded four contracts from New York state to provide services that enhance child care and early childhood education programs.

Under the five-year contracts, which are funded by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, Child Care Council will continue to serve as the Rochester Region Infant/Toddler Resource Center and to provide child care resource and referral services in Monroe, Livingston and Wayne counties.

  • The Infant/Toddler Resource Center provides services designed to enhance programs for the care and education of infants and toddlers. Services include ongoing education, technical assistance and support for early childhood educators, licensors, registrars, enrollers, child care centers, family and group family child care homes, and legally exempt child care providers. The Council will continue to provide an infant toddler specialist in every child care resource and referral agency within the nine counties of Chemung, Livingston, Ontario, Monroe, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates.
  • The three child care resource and referral service contracts enable Child Care Council to provide comprehensive services focused on the support of high-quality child care programs that promote safety, permanency and well-being for children, families and communities. Services include child care referrals and education for families seeking out-of-home care for young children, technical assistance, business start-up and continued education, health consultation, enrollment and support for legally exempt child care providers.

“Child Care Council is extremely pleased that New York state has selected us for these four grants,” said Child Care Council CEO Barbara-Ann Mattle. “The state’s continued faith in the Council is a testament to our efforts to improve local child care and early education programs, through the work of our excellent professional staff and through the outstanding providers and educators that we collaborate with in the Finger Lakes region.”

A Quality Rating System in NY is coming!

September 11th, 2012

QUALITYstarsNY is a comprehensive initiative to ensure that our young children – the 1.5 million New Yorkers under age six – have the opportunity for high quality early learning experiences.

During 2010, QUALITYstarsNY was piloted to 192 programs, providers and school districts in 13 communities throughout the state. The NYS Education Department hasd allocated funds to support implementation in 2012-2014. About 400 programs will be selected, including the pilot sites.

If your child care program is within the following zip codes, you are eligible to apply; 14604, 14605, 14606, 14607, 14608, 14609, 14610, 14611, 14612, 14613, 14614, 14615, 14618, 14619, 14620, 14621, 14622

To apply or for additional information, go to

Governor Cuomo Appoints Child Care Council CEO Barbara-Ann Mattle

September 10th, 2012

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has appointed Child Care Council CEO Barbara-Ann Mattle to his Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC). Established in April 2009, the ECAC advises the Governor and his commissioners on the development of a comprehensive, sustainable system of supports and services for young children and their families. The ECAC is composed of individuals with early childhood expertise who represent agencies and organizations providing early learning and development, health care, child welfare and mental health
services, as well as state agencies, advocacy organizations, foundations, higher education, unions and others working to meet the needs of young children and their families.

Please click here for the press release. CCC – ECAC committee

New Infant Toddler Resources Available

December 30th, 2011

National experts have identified 10 research based components that are essential to high quality child

care.  Using these 10 components as a guide, The NYS Infant and Toddler Resource Network is helping

child care programs improve the quality of care for our babies, toddlers and their families.  To view 

 the 10 Components of High Quality Care, click here.

CCC has been chosen for the Chase Corporate Challenge!

April 29th, 2011

Child Care Council, Inc (Rochester), Child Care Resource Network (Buffalo) and Child Care Solutions (Syracuse) will each receive a donation from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, on behalf of the Corporate Challenge. The donations are in partnership with Winning Beginning NY, a statewide early childhood education coalition.
Registration for the Chase Corporate Challenge events in Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse are now open. The three races will attract nearly 30,000 total participants from over 1,000 upstate New York companies.

More information can be found here.