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GCSD’s KidsCare Becomes First School-Based Child Care Program in the State to Implement Social-Emotional Development Model

February 12 2024

For the first time, Child Care Council Inc. is collaborating with a school-based child care program in New York to implement the Pyramid Model of social-emotional development. The Pyramid Model is an evidence-based framework proven effective in building social and emotional competence in early care and education programs by promoting positive behavior and well-being in […]

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    Summer Meals for Kids Program

    Summer Meals for Kids Program

    June 12, 2017

    Each summer, the City of Rochester in partnership with the Rochester City School District and Food Link provide free breakfast and lunch to city youth 18 years and under through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s  Summer Food Service Program. Meals are at many city sites, Monday through Friday, June 27 to August 26, except July 3. Sites include community agencies, schools, churches and the Recreation Centers.

    Breakfast is served at 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., Lunch at 12:00-1:00 p.m.
    For more information call 428-7872. You will find sample menus and a list of locations at



    December 2014 Caring Matters

    November 17, 2014

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    Active Play Workshop

    November 2, 2014

    Learn fun, inclusive, developmentally appropriate physical activities that use inexpensive equipment, small spaces, and work well in homes, child care centers and preschool classrooms. View videos of 2-5 year olds engaged in these fun activities and try a few, too!

    Childhood Obesity is the Most Prevalent Health Concern Facing Children Under 5 in NY State. We can make a difference as children develop habits in their first 5 years of life by adding active play to the day. The 3-hour session will be offered by;

    Diane Craft  & Patty Persell

    Diane H. Craft, Ph.D., is a professor of physical education at SUNY Cortland.  She has co-authored four books on developmentally appropriate, inclusive physical activity for young children including Active Play! Fun Physical Activities for Young Children.

    Patty Persell is the New York State Head Start Collaboration Director and is working to help eliminate early childhood obesity in the state.

    One day and one evening session will be offered.

    August 4, 6-9pm & August 5, 9am-12pm.

    The fee is $5 per session, deadline is 7/21 or when the room is full!

    Who should attend:  Family child care providers, home visitors, UPK, child care, Head Start, nursery school teachers, and administrators.

    View the flyer: Active Play Workshop

    Print and mail in Registration Form:  Active Play Registration Form

    Or contact Linda Stilson at (585) 654-4794.

    New Family and Group Family Child Care Regulations Released – Effective May 1, 2014

    May 1, 2014

    The revised family day care and group family day care regulations (Parts 413, 416 and 417) have been adopted and will go into effect on May 1, 2014.   This six-month lag period is built into the process to allow providers the time they need to become familiar with and come into compliance with the changes made to these regulations.

    The revised regulations offer improved health and safety standards as well as increased clarity and organization.  OCFS is prepared to work together with our committed child care providers toward the increased safety and health of New York’s children.

    OCFS has scheduled a statewide child care provider video conference on November 14, 2013 to introduce the changes and other learning opportunities will follow.  Licensors and registrars will also be available to provide technical assistance as needed.

    Click here to read the new regulations.

    Environmental Health Researcher to Speak in Rochester About Environmental Chemicals and Epigenetics

    April 22, 2014

    A leading environmental health researcher from the University of Michigan will give a community presentation on how
    toxic chemicals found in the environment threaten our health. The talk will
    take place April 23 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Child Care Council Inc. in
    Rochester, N.Y.

    Dr. Dana Dolinoy will give a short presentation titled, “A Tale of Two
    Mice or Why DNA Is Not (Necessarily) Your Destiny.” She will discuss her
    research on nutrition and environmental chemicals and how many common
    compounds, such as bisphenol A (BPA), may affect human bodies by altering
    normal gene activity. Dr. Dolinoy is the John G. Searle Assistant Professor of
    Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan’s School of Public
    Health (UMSPH), and heads the university’s Environmental Epigenetics and
    Nutrition Laboratory.

    The event is being held through support from the University of
    Rochester Medical Center’s Environmental Health Sciences Center.

    “Child Care Council is pleased to partner with the Environmental
    Health Sciences Center to bring this important community discussion to
    Rochester,” said Child Care Council CEO Barbara-Ann Mattle. “The Council is
    dedicated to helping educate child care providers about ways to make their
    settings even healthier and safer for kids, and this event will provide them
    with valuable environmental health information.”

    The public is invited to participate in this discussion, which will
    take place at Child Care Council in the Drake-Lok Lifelong Learning Center, 595
    Blossom Road in Rochester, N.Y. Free parking is available across the street.
    Registration is requested by contacting Kate McArdle at Child Care Council, 585.654.4752
    or [email protected].

    Recycle Shop will have a new look!

    January 1, 2014

    The Recycle Shop (Rochester location only) will be closed until the end of the year for rearrangement. Shopping will be by appointment only until the end of the year, call 585-654-1190.
    See you in the New Year!

    Upcoming Free Parent Workshop!

    December 5, 2013

    “What to do with the Mad That You Feel? Helping Children Manage Anger and Learn Self-control”

    This workshop is designed for parents of young children up to age 5 as an overview of the development of self control and activities that can support such development.

    Workshop will be held at all 3 Child Care Council offices from

    9:00-11:00 am Dates are listed below.

    October 26th– Newark Office (Wayne County) Registration deadline October 22

    November 2nd-Rochester Main Office (Monroe County) Registration deadline October 29

    November 16th-Lakeville Office (Livingston County) Registration deadline November 12


    To register for this free workshop, call Debbie 585-654-1199 or



    Presenter: Anne Leone-Business Services and Referral Director




    Keep your kids safe. Get their seasonal flu vaccines every year!

    December 2, 2013

    Schools and child-care settings are required to post influenza educational material, in plain view, within their facilities. Information should be posted starting now. Influenza season begins in early fall and can last through May.

    The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) would like you to know that information regarding influenza and the benefits of influenza immunizations is free, accessible and available in different languages from several organizations:

     NYSDOH:

     Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

     New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene:

    Along with this announcement you will find the Seasonal Flu Guide for Parents. You can download it here: SeasonalFluParentguide.


    Child Care Providers Avoid Hidden Toxic Dangers

    November 12, 2013

    Clean and Healthy New York, Inc. and Child Care Council, Inc. announced today the next phase of their U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-funded program to help child care providers in the Great Lakes Basin identify, remove, and find safer solutions for toxic chemicals in common household and child care products.

    The groups announced a schedule of training sessions open to all child care providers that follow the Children’s Environmental Health Network’s (CEHN) national Eco-Healthy Child Care®
    curriculum, but are customized to address New York State laws and regulations and focus on reducing specific chemicals that threaten the Great Lakes watershed.

    Click EPA-EcoHealthy Release Aug 2013 for the press release that includes dates and contact information.

    September 2013 Caring Matters

    August 15, 2013

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