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Disaster Preparedness: Resilient Children/Resilient Communities
The purpose of the Resilient Children/Resilient Communities Initiative is to assess and improve capacities to meet the needs of children in an emergency. This pilot project is taking place in only two counties in the nation, Putnam County, New York and Washington County, Arkansas, with the goal of creating a model of child-focused preparedness that can be shared with communities across the country.
Would YOU like to be featured in our next Parent Newsletter?
For our next addition of The Parent Connection, our parent newsletter, a partner of the Child Care Council will be chosen at random to be interviewed and featured. To see last year’s featured    program and interview, visit our website and look in our “About Us” section for our Publications. If you are not a partner and would like to become one, please contact Nancy at (845) 473-4141.  
News from the Registrars
Sadly, we have said goodbye to warm weather! Here are a few reminders as the cold weather continues:
  • A temperature of at least 68 degrees Fahrenheit must be maintained in all rooms to be occupied by children. [417.3(d)]
  • Portable electric heaters may NOT be used in rooms accessible to children. [417.5(c)]
  • All walkways and exits must be kept clear of snow and ice when children are in care. [417.7(h)(4)]

Child and Adult Care Food Program

CACFP Welcomes: 
  • Jennifer Lord
  • Jonnalynne Rouse
Food Safety - Let’s Talk About Flour!Flour and E. Coli: Food safety experts have long been preaching about the risks of eating raw batter or dough. Their concern was usually the possible harmful bacteria in raw eggs. Now there’s another red flag: E. coli has been linked to flour. Since flour is made from wheat that is grown outdoors, it could contain bacteria like E. coli.
New Sleep Recommendations to Protect Against SIDS
Based on new research and the first update since 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announced new recommendations to decrease the risks of infant sleep-related deaths.
The second session of the School Age Care (SAC) Credential Preparatory Course began Tuesday, January 24 with 4 participants.
Professional Development Opportunities
Beginning in January 2017, we will be providing Training Reward Cards. Providers should bring their Training Reward card to each training they attend. Their card will be stamped at each training and after the 5th one, you will receive a voucher for a FREE training, good for up to 6 months from date of issue.
Child Development Associate Opportunities
Dutchess Community College  (Fall 2017 semester)
Contact Eileen Hall or Jennifer Santosuoso at or (845) 431-8346
  •  One evening per week
  •  Field advisement included 
  • 12 early childhood college credits 
  • Credits applicable toward certificate and degree program
Stages Child Care (Registration: Monday February 27th 6-8 PM)
Contact Liz Box at (844) 204-4440 for more information or  to register 
  • Stages Child Care, 66 East Main Street, Pawling, NY 
  • 120 Hour Preparatory Training 
  • EIP accepted 
  • All of our workshops meet the training requirements of the   NYSOCFS; including CPR and First Aid


Our Annual Champions of Child Care Celebration will be held on Thursday May 11, 2017 at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie, Mark your calendars so you can help us celebrate YOU!
Look for nomination infromation to share with your families so they can celebrate YOU too!

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