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A Message from the Director

Let's Go For the Gold!

On June 22, 2017 Child Care Aware of America launched a new Child Care State Licensing Database. This innovative tool uses data from state licensing manuals and provides an analysis on how each state measures up to child care regulatory policies from Caring for Our Children Basics: Health and Safety Foundations for Early Care and Education, considered to be the gold standard for childcare practices. Click here to continue reading. 

News from the Registrars

Important Reminder – All employees listed below MUST complete the required Foundations in Health and Safety training by September 30, 2017 per the Federal Child Care and Development Block Grant training requirements.


If you live in the NY area then you should be aware of how to protect your family from ticks. The American Academy of Pediatrics has the following recommendations:


The new CACFP Meal Patterns go into effect on October 1, 2017. Are you ready to be in compliance?
The Annual CACFP training will help prepare you for these changes. All CACFP providers are required to attend a training once per year. Please see the schedule below and call to register for a training.


A new column about gtret things happening in local childcare programs.

Camp Herrlich Leads Charge to Protect Kids
Camp Herrlich is taking a stand for kids in Putnam and Dutchess Counties, to help ensure that when the next disaster strikes, families will be ready and children will be safe. 

Professional Development Opportunities

In January, we started providing Training Reward Cards. Remember to bring your card with you to each training you attend in order to receive your stamp. Once you receive 5 stamps, you will receive a voucher for a FREE training, good for up to 6 months from date of issue. We have had several people redeem their free training. Good for you! Keep coming and earn that free training! Remember, this is only valid on the regular Council 2-hour trainings. (This does not include Council Clusters, Parent Education Nights, MAT trainings, or First Aid/CPR classes.)

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. (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.  

Subsidy News

In October of 2016 the State introduced a new application for Child Care Assistance to replace the standard Department of Social Services application. The standard application has 16 pages of information that is sometimes overwhelming to fill out for clients; the new application has 4 pages of questions directly relating to eligibility for Child Care Assistance. The client should find the application easier to navigate and be better at filling it out completely. An incomplete application increases the time for a new application or recertification to be approved.
The Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, Inc. works to promote affordable and quality child care, provide information and support to families, and strengthen the early childhood workforce in Dutchess and Putnam Counties.
The Board of Directors and staff of the Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, Inc. encourages input from parents, child care providers, businesses and community members on how we can more effectively meet your needs.
The programs provided by this agency are partially funded by moneys received from the County of Dutchess 

Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam
70 Overocker Rd
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
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