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COVID Vaccine

January 15 2021

Registered and Licensed child care providers are now eligible to receive the COVID vaccine in phase 1B. You must go to this website to complete the eligibility form and make an appointment. There is detailed information on the site.

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    Live Webinar on April 8: “Child Care Providers and Federal Assistance”

    Live Webinar on April 8: “Child Care Providers and Federal Assistance”

    April 4, 2020

    New York State Office of Children and Family Services, in conjunction with the Civil Service Employees Association, will be hosting a live webinar on “Child Care Providers and Federal Assistance: Small Business Administration Loans and Loan Forgiveness” on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 7 p.m. The webinar features Tom Copeland, a leading expert on the business of child care.

    This is a great opportunity for child care providers to gain valuable information regarding financial assistance available to them.

    Register here

    CDA Renewal Amnesty Extended

    March 31, 2020

    The Council for Professional Recognition understands that the past few weeks have been challenging in the ECE community. You are on the frontline for executing best practices for safe and healthy learning environments during this recent health challenge. We thank you for your commitment to the community and want to provide you with ample time to renew your credential.

    The Council is extending the Renewal Amnesty program to June 30th. Take time to join the thousands of Child Development Associates® who have taken advantage of this cost-effective method of recommitting to the field they love. If you are a CDA® credential holder with an expired credential as far back as January 1, 2010 you are eligible to participate.

    Why Take Advantage of the CDA® Renewal Amnesty Program?

    • Opportunity for career advancement
    • Continued professional development
    • Reinforce your commitment to the early childhood profession
    • National recognition as a holder of the only competency-based early childhood credential
    • Cost effective renewal method: Renewal candidates pay only $125, a cost savings of $300 compared to the new candidate assessment fee of $425*.

    *Note: Participants in the CDA Renewal Amnesty Program are required to apply online. No paper applications will be accepted for this program. In addition, if you have already mailed a new initial application because your credential expired, you must proceed with the initial application process.

    Unemployment Compensation: The CARES Act

    March 30, 2020

    The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and the Committee for Economic Development (CED) of The Conference Board worked together to produce a summary of the unemployment compensation provisions included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act) specifically for child care providers.

    Unemployment Compensation Support for Child Care Providers

    Federal law provides broad guidelines for states to administer unemployment compensation programs. This means that states individually determine eligibility, minimum and maximum benefits, and the duration of benefits. Most states pay benefits for up to 26 weeks, however, some states offer less.

    View the full summary.

    List of Products For Use Against Coronavirus

    March 24, 2020

    The American Chemistry Council’s Center for Biocide Chemistries has put together “a list of products that have been pre-approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use against emerging enveloped viral pathogens and can be used during the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This product list is not exhaustive but can be used by business owners, health professionals, and the public to identify products suitable for use against COVID-19.”

    The first product listed, Purell Foodservice Surface Sanitizer, has a low toxicity rating and is proven to be effective against enveloped and non-enveloped viruses. Follow the product’s label instructions for use.

    Note: The SARS-CoV-2 virus is effectively removed with soap and water. That cleaning step is the most important step in decontaminating surfaces and hands. In sanitizing and disinfecting surfaces and using hand sanitizer, organic matter has to be removed first.

    Free Online Books Available Through NYS Library and Monroe County Library System

    March 21, 2020

    Free online books are available through the NYS Library and the Monroe County Library System.  Spectrum is offering free Wi-Fi so families with devices can connect.

    – For people without library cards, they can apply for a digital card here:

    – Once they have their number, patrons can check out and place holds on ebooks, audios, and magazines.

    NYS Library has shared that MyOn is also free during this crisis. To access:

    Free access to Renaissance myON digital reading resources is available for students and families during the current school closures. Students who are not already reading with their own personalized accounts to the myON literacy environment can log in through a single, shared account to access this collection of curated resources.

    What’s available:

    – The myON digital library—which includes thousands of authentic digital books, fiction and nonfiction, covering a variety of topics and themes

    – Five daily myON News articles—which are written for students by journalists and reviewed by a child psychologist for age appropriateness

    These resources are available 24/7 and can be accessed on any digital device that is connected to the Internet. Books from the myON digital library can be downloaded onto mobile devices for offline reading.

    How to log into myON:

    1. Go to: and click the login button at the top of the screen

    2. Enter the following information on the login page.

    School name: New York Reads (begin typing and click on the school from the drop-down menu)

    Username: read

    Password: books

    Hand Sanitizer Available From Black Button Distilling

    March 20, 2020

    Black Button Distilling is producing – and offering at cost – hand sanitizer for day cares, homeless shelters, and health care facilities. Requests can be made at [email protected]

    COVID-19: Vroom Tips for Adding Early Learning to New Daily Routine

    Early learning happens at home. Due to the impact of COVID-19 many families now spending more time at home together. We’re offering tips to add early learning into the new daily routine – and to remind parents and caregivers that YOU already have what it takes to create a bright future for your child!

    Join us and share the Vroom Tip videos every Tuesday at 10am PT to help add early learning into the new daily routine. Look for tips on hand washing and things to do at home throughout the week.

    We hope these resources will be helpful for you and the families you serve. Do you have other ideas for how we can help you to continue to support families? Send us a note to [email protected]

    COVID-19 Guidance to Child Care Providers

    March 19, 2020

    Attention providers: The NYS Office of Children and Family Services has sent a letter with COVID-19 guidance. View the letter.

    Important: All Council Classes Canceled and Offices Closed to Visitors

    March 15, 2020

    Please be advised that, due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus, all Child Care Council classes have been canceled, effective immediately (March 15, 2020). In addition, effective March 17th, all our offices will be closed to visitors and walk in customers for the immediate future. If you need assistance, staff members can be reached by email or telephone.

    Visit our social media sites and website for ongoing communications.

    We will provide more details on the class schedule at a later date.

    Child Care Council CEO Named to Notable Women in Human Services Hall of Fame

    March 10, 2020

    Child Care Council Inc. CEO Barbara-Ann Mattle was named recently to the Notable Women in Human Services Hall of Fame.

    The Human Services Council of New York also recognized Barbara-Ann Mattle with the 2020 Strong Nonprofits Leader Award for her work in the human services sector. The honors were part of the Human Services Council of New York’s Women’s History Month celebration of women, past and present, who have made a significant impact in human services and our communities.

    “These are incredible honors to be named to the Notable Women in Human Services Hall of Fame and to receive this year’s Strong Nonprofits Leader Award,” Barbara-Ann Mattle said. “This recognition is a testament to my decades of work to improve and support the development of high-quality child care programs in New York state.”

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