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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



    Provider Appreciation Day – Gift Card Winners

    May 1, 2017

    Provider Appreciation Day

    On Provider Appreciation Day, the Council drew provider names at random to win Wegmans gift cards.

    The winners are:

    LE: $50 – Sophia S.

    DCC: $25 – Mischele Terrell/Community Child Care Center, Inc.; $50 – Ashley Chambers/Wayne CAP Clyde Head Start

    Family: $50 – Maria M.

    Group Family: $25 – Sally A.; $50 – Shannon P.

    School-age: $25 – Erica Stuart/Bates-Rich Beginnings School Age; $50 – Pamela Jackson/After School Enrichment

    Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to all providers for the work you do for the children in your care.

    December 2014 Caring Matters

    November 17, 2014

    CM December 2014

    Farm to Preschool

    September 30, 2014

    Child Care Council has received a grant for Farm to Preschool. Farm to Preschool is a USDA approved program that aims to increase access to locally sourced fruit and vegetables for low-income families in the city of Rochester. The goal of Farm to Preschool (F2P) is to connect preschool children in child care and their parents/caregivers with local farmers and their products. The two components of F2P are efforts to increase the consumption of locally grown fruits and vegetables by providing convenience and access to purchasing fresh produce, and guidance on how to use it. The project involves an educational component consisting of food tastings and demonstrations on how to use the produce that is for sale.

    These Farmers Markets are open to the community and run until September 12th.

    Join us at one of the three locations:

    Mondays at Baden St. Child Development

    500 N. Clinton Ave 3:00—5:30 PM

    Tuesdays at YMCA 53 Lewis St

    3:00—5:30 PM

    Thursdays at VOA 214 Lake Ave

    3:00—5:30 PM


    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




    Our agency has proudly achieved National Quality Assurance!

    December 4, 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

    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.


    Celebrate Earth Day by visiting our recycle shop!

    April 9, 2013

    Genesee Valley Parent magazine published a great article about our recycle shop! The month of April features the 43rd annual Earth Day celebration on April 22. To read the article, click here.

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