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A Message from the Director
"The Best Connection Doesn't Come From a Phone"
When I heard this statement on a recent NBC news report, the words caught my attention. It was about a day care center in Texas that had posted a sign on the door “Get Off Your Phones” aimed at parents who were dropping off or picking up their children. The best things in life that we can give children are time and attention and, unfortunately, that’s what cell phones take away.  And then there’s the supervision issue. According to the CDC, cell phone use may be behind a 10% increase in unintentional childhood injuries.
What's New at the Child Care Council?
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Megan R. Weber, RN
Health Care Consultant for Dutchess and Putnam County
News From the Registrars
Spring has arrived and with that comes an exciting variety of activities to get children involved in nature and outdoor play!  Providers welcome Spring with this fun interactive song with your children!
Infant/Toddler Technical Assistance Network
The Infant/Toddler Technical Assistance Network, funded by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, is an initiative aimed at supporting high quality infant and toddler care.
The Infant/Toddler Specialist supports programs serving infants and toddlers and can offer the following ongoing services for FREE in Dutchess and Putnam Counties:
 Phone and in-person support on a variety of issues Visits To Your Program Resources or Tip Sheets. Starting Up Your Infant/Toddler Program Assistance With Continuity of Care Classroom Waivers
For more information contact Rosemarie Lawton, Infant/Toddler Regional Specialist by calling (845) 473-4141 ext.217 or email
Child and Adult Care Food Program
CACFP Welcomes:
  • Latoya Lashley
  • Linda McClinton
Child Care Referral Service
Make sure we have the most up to date information about your child care program. You can let us know about any change in your hours of operation, rates, and openings that you may have by using our Provider Update Form available on our website,
(Please be sure to tell your registrar or licensor about any changes in your hours of operation.)
If you have more detailed changes or updates, please email us at or call the referral service at (845) 473-4141 x 221. 
Proffessional Development Opportunities
We are looking for more providers to get involved in our panel discussions. Would you or someone you know be interested in being part of a panel for a roundtable discussion? Do you have a topic idea for a panel discussion? Please contact Darla Fulmer at (845) 473-4141 ext. 216.
A new column about great things happening in lcoal childcare programs.
Darlene Behrens, the owner of Rhinebeck Family Day Care, has incorporated the interest of a particular child in her day care when planning daily activities. This child has shown a special fascination in maps, especially the map of the United States. Halos® mandarins with collectable state stickers are available in stores now! When Darlene serves this snack, the children collect different state stickers to place accordingly on a map of the United States! What an exciting way to learn geography while enjoying a healthy snack!
Contact us to add great things happening in YOUR program for future publications!

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70 Overocker Rd
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
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