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Important Reminder!  Monday, August 21, 2017, is the next solar eclipse.  In New York State 85% of the solar eclipse will be able to be viewed.  It is very important to remember to protect your eyes, your children's eyes and your pets eyes.  Special glasses are available.  Check area stores as they may have the glasses in stock. Please keep your pets indoors until the solar eclipse is completed.

There will be a free family movie night at Artpark, located at 450 South 4th Street, Lewiston, on August 14, and August 21, 2017.  For more details, please call 716-754-4375.

Flicks on Old Falls Movie Series will be showing "The "Lego Batman Movie" on Old Falls Street, in Niagara Falls on August 17, "Moana" on August 24, and "Pete's Dragon" on August 31, 2017.  This free family outdoor movie begins at 9:00 PM. with pre-show activities beginning at 7:30 PM.  Activities include interactive games, a DJ, kids karaoke and concessions.  For more information, please call 278-2100.

The Herschell Carousel Factory Museum located at 180 Thompson Street, in North Tonawanda has free admission on Wednesday August 16, and August 23, 2017. Carousel rides are 50 cents.  

There are free Family Fun Saturday Afternoons on Old Falls Street, Middle Block in Niagara Falls, on Saturday August 12, August 19, and August 26, 2017, from 12:00 - 5:00 PM.  There will be interactive games, Tunes @ Noon with White Chocolate, Exercise Like Animals. Mama Earth's Kitchen and Dance of the Fireflies.  For more information, please call 278-2100.

There is a Roaring 20's Community Appreciation Day at Olcott Beach Carousel Park, located at 5979 East Main Street, in Olcott on August 20, 2017, from 12:00 - 6:00 P. M. Special guests include Popeye & Olive Oil.  There will be an antique car show, magic show at 2:00 PM, washable tattoos, Skee Ball challenge, cookies and free carousel rides.   **The last day of the season at Olcott is September 4, 2017.  All rides are 25 cents from 12:00 - 6:00 PM.  There will be a magic show performed by Rob and Carol Allen.  For more information, please call 716-778-7066. 

The Youngstown Labor Day Parade will be held on September 4, 2017.  Please, call 716-282-8992 for more information.

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will host its 32nd annual Wildlife Festival on Saturday and Sunday September 23-24, 2017, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  This family event will be held at the Niagara Power Vista and its surrounding grounds at 5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston.  Parking and admission is free.  The event includes more than 50 exhibitors and vendors, various wildlife shows, archery, fishing pond and more.  For more information, please call 716-286-6681.

In recognition of National Energy Awareness Month in October, the New York Power Authority's (NYPA) Niagara Power Vista has organized a Saturday series of free educational programs on Saturday October 21, 2017, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM to promote the importance of clean energy economy at its visitor center.  The visitor's center is located at 5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston. The programs will feature several of its all-new state-of-the-art interactive exhibits complete with various challenges. Parking and admission are free at the Power Vista.  For more information, contact the Niagara Project Power Vista at 716-286-6661 for a complete schedule of activities.
 
The 3rd annual Boo Bash Event is being held on Friday, October 27, 2017, form 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Fashion Outlets, located at 1900 Military Road, in Niagara Falls. There will be free trick-or-treating at dozens of vendors.  Additional family fun activities will be offered for just $1.00 each.  Other events include balloon artists, a spooktacular costume contest, a face painter and Halloween themed crafts.  All proceeds from the event benefit the United Way of Greater Niagara. 

 An “Introduction to Family Child Care” training for those interested in becoming registered family child care providers will be held September 27, 2017, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Niagara Community Action Program, Inc., 1521 Main Street, Niagara Falls.   There is no charge for this training.

 

An “Introduction to Family Child Care” training for those interested in becoming registered family child care providers will be held October 19, 2017, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Niagara Community Action Program, Inc., 1521 Main Street, Niagara Falls.  There is no charge for this training.

 

 The New York State Office of Children and Family Services require individuals caring for more than two children to become registered or licensed.  For assistance with becoming a registered or licensed in-home child care provider, please call the Community Child Care Clearinghouse of Niagara at 716-285-8572 or toll free at 1-800-701-4KID.

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 Quality for Kids Initiative

 

Niagara Community Action Program, Inc.’s, Community Child Care Clearinghouse of Niagara, in partnership with the Early Care & Learning Council (ECLC) and the network of Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) agencies across New York State, has announced the launch of a new state-wide initiative intended to raise community awareness about the importance of quality early learning experiences for children.
 
The United to Promote Quality initiative is the first phase of the Quality Investments for Children (QIC) initiative, which seeks to not only educate communities about the importance of Quality, but to generate new resources that support Quality such as volunteers, grants, in-kind donations, and the influence of community leaders.
 
The initiative is a partnership effort between ECLC and the network of Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) agencies serving as quality resource centers throughout the state. They will be using the United to Promote Quality tagline and core messages about quality early learning,  as they reach out to parents & service providers, business & community leaders, funders, and public officials about what Quality is and why it is so important.
 
The QIC United to Promote Quality initiative will raise awareness not only about how critical Quality is to a young child's brain development, but also how Quality is important to local businesses by ensuring their employees are solely focused on their jobs, and not distracted by whether their children are in a safe, nurturing, and stimulating early learning environment.  
 
For further information about the QIC United to Promote Quality program, contact Angela Burns, Child Care Supervisor, Community Child Care Clearinghouse of Niagara at 716-285-8572 Ext. 105.
 
Thomas Beachy
Board Chairman

Niagara Community Action Program, Inc.

 

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Niagara Community Acton Program, Inc.’s
Community Child Care Clearinghouse of Niagara Becomes a Cavity Free Kids HUB
Cavity Free Kids is oral health education for young children and their families. It is designed for use in Head Start and Early Head Start, child care programs, preschool, home visiting, and other programs and for families to use at home. Cavity Free Kids includes a rich collection of lessons, activities, stories, songs and other resources that actively engage young children in fun-filled, play-based learning and help parents practice good oral health habits at home and connect to dental care.
Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease of early childhood and it is almost 100% preventable.   In order to help prevent tooth decay the Cavity Free Kids curriculum explains the five basics of oral health:
1.    Baby Teeth Are Important
2.    What Causes Cavities
3.    Water and Tooth Healthy Foods
4.    Brush, Floss, Swish
5.    Going to the Dentist
Oral health is a part of a child’s overall health. Poor oral health can lead to:
1.    Pain
2.    Attention problems
3.    Delayed social development
4.    Sleep deprivation
5.    Tooth loss
6.    Poor nutrition
7.    Missed school days
Parents, please ask your child care program if they are a Cavity Free Kids program when enrolling your child in the program.
For more information on the Cavity Free Kids project, please visit the website at www.cavityfreekids.org.

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Affordable Child Care for Families
Improving access to affordable, quality child care is one of the goals of the national association Child Care Aware of America and the local child care resource and referral agency known as The Community Child Care Clearinghouse of Niagara. Child care is a necessity for working parents, however, the high costs associated with child care strain family budgets and force parents to make compromises about the quality and safety of care they choose for their children.
Since 2000, the cost of child care has increased twice as much as the median income of families with children. 
     ·         Child care costs are high.
·         Child care costs are rising.
·         Child care costs are high compared to family incomes.
·         Child care costs are high compared to household expenses.
·         Child care costs are high compared to college costs.
The Community Child Care Clearinghouse of Niagara and Child Care Aware of America recommend Congress:
·         Increase federal investments in child care fee assistance for eligible children and quality improvement efforts.
·         Provide resources for planning and developing child care capacity to increase the availability of quality child care options for working families.
·         Reduce barriers in the subsidy administration process that prevent families from accessing assistance.
·         Require states to have more effective sliding fee assistance phase-out plans to ensure that parents who receive a modest raise do not lose all child care assistance.
·         Provide child care assistance to families who do not qualify for current funding and who cannot afford the market cost of child care in their community.
·         Require Health & Human Services to undertake a study of quality child care to assist all families with young children in affording quality child care.
·         Ensure that public pre-kindergarten programs are designed to meet the child care needs of working families.
·         Improve federal and state tax codes to help families at all income levels pay for child care.
 
 
Thomas Beachy, Board Chairman  
Niagara Community Action Program, Inc.  
  
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Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies – Working for Quality Child Care
There are more than 600 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&R’s) nationwide. These agencies help ensure that families in 99% of all populated zip codes in the United States have access to quality, affordable child care. They not only help families find child care, but CCR&R’s train more than 650,000 child care providers a year and offer technical assistance to providers in a diverse array of settings to improve the quality of care, including meeting the needs of special needs children.
The Community Child Care Clearinghouse of Niagara is the Child Care Resource and Referral Agency for Niagara County.   
The Community Child Care Clearinghouse of Niagara supports policies that:
·         ensure stable and adequate funding for child care subsidy programs, so that families in need, families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and families earning low incomes, who do not receive assistance, can access quality child care.
·         Make quality child care options universally accessible and affordable.
·         Support families in providing the best quality early learning opportunities for their children.
·         Promote transparency in their child care licensing practices so that parents have access to inspection results and substantiated complaints through the internet.
Better child care means a more focused work force which enables the whole community to grow and prosper.
For more information please contact the Community Child Care Clearinghouse of Niagara at 285-8572 or 1-800-701-4 Kid or visit our website at www.childcareofniagara.com
Thomas Beachy, Board Chairman                                      
Niagara Community Action Program, Inc.
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Child Care in America Today 
More than 11 million children under the age of five years spend a portion of their week in the care of someone other than their parents. The average length of time is about 35 hours per week. About one-quarter of these children are in multiple child care arrangements strung together to meet the hours required by their parent’s job. The quality of this child care varies greatly and many working families struggle with the costs especially in a weakened economy.
Child care may be one of the first sacrifices made when family budgets are strained. As parents lose their employment or as their hours or pay are reduced, there is little flexibility with regard to household expenses. “Fixed” bills, like rent or mortgage payments, food and transportation costs compete with child care, and parents may feel forced to make due with whatever arrangement they can find and hope it is safe.
In June of 2010, the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA – now known as Child Care Aware of America) conducted a nationwide telephone survey of 1,000 parents with children under the age of 12 years. The polling found that the two biggest concerns for parents in regards to child care were quality and affordability. While quality was the top concern, about three-quarters of parents (76%) rated affordable child care as the most or one of the most important factors in helping working families.
It should be noted that in 40 states and the District of Columbia, the average price for child care for an infant in a child care center exceeds the cost of a year’s tuition at the state’s four-year public college.
It would appear that if we wish to support working families within our communities, we should continue to fund programs that increase quality child care initiatives and programs that subsidize working parent’s child care costs.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                                                     
Thomas Beachy, Board Chairperson
Niagara Community Action Program, Inc.
 
                                                                                               
 
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Important Information Regarding New Crib Standards
 
The new Consumer Product Safety Commission crib standards will go into effect on December 28, 2012. Please click here for guidance on how to tell if the crib you are using is in compliance with these new standards.

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The following article is from the Buffalo Evening News

NiagaraCAP brings home hope

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 Niagara County WorkSourceOne
 
Click here to access the Niagara County WorkSourceOne website and obtain information on services provided by many agencies throughout Niagara County. The participating agencies can assist individuals looking for community resources. “All partners included in the website are equal opportunity employers/programs and will provide support services upon request to individuals with disabilities.”

 

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Helpful Hints for Healthy Eating


The Mealtime Memo for Child Care newsletter is a monthly newsletter highlighting nutrition related topics and activities.  The newsletters are created by the National Food Service Management Institute and contain games, menus, and other useful information for parents and child care providers.  Click here to view issues of the newsletters in both English and Spanish.  Click here for issues in English and Spanish.

 
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Common Regulation Violations of Fire Safety and Building Codes
 
The Fire and Safety Representatives from the Buffalo Regional Office have created a summary of common fire, safety and building code regulation violations for each modality of care. The violations listed are followed by the correct section of the fire or building code and are intended to be a reference tool. These documents can assist a program in remaining in compliance with the Office of Children and Family Services regulations. Please reference the document below related to your modality of care.
 

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Guidelines For Protective Surfacing under Playground Equipment used at Family Based Child Care Programs

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New Regulations for all Child Care Programs
 
Attached are links to 2 additional bills that were signed into Law that effect day care programs. The pesticide bill (effects OCFS Day Care Centers - not in NYC) becomes effective November 14, 2010 and the CPR/First Aid bill (effects all programs) becomes effective December 11, 2010. Please review the bills and contact your registrar or licensor if you have further questions. For those providers in need of a CPR and First Aid training, please click on the Training Calendar tab in this website and click on the CPR and First Aid link to obtain a registration form to an upcoming CPR and First Aid training.
 

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 Crib Recall

As you may already know there has been a massive recall on drop-side cribs.  If you have a drop-side crib, please contact the manufacturer to see if your crib is included in the recall.  If your crib is part of the recall make sure you stop using the crib immediately as there have been serious injuries and deaths resulting from the defect.  You can request a free repair kit from the manufacturer of the crib.   Please visit www.cpsc.gov for more information on the crib recall and to obtain more information on Roman and Roll-up Blinds and Dorel Infant Care Seat/Carriers recalls.

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Procedures for Reporting Child Abuse and Maltreatment

There has been a change to the Social Services Law concerning who must report child abuse and maltreatment allegations.  The change was made by Chapter 193 of the Laws of 2007, amending section 413 of the Social Service Law.  This act became law on July 3, 2007 and became effective on October 1, 2007. 
This law changes the procedures for reporting abuse and maltreatment as set forth in the New York State Codes, Rules and Regulations, specifically section 418-1.10(c) of the day care center regulations and section 414.10(c) of the school age child care regulations.  Under the changes to the mandated reporting law, when a report of alleged abuse or maltreatment of a child or children in a day care center or school age child care program is being made by a mandated reporter who is a staff member of the day care center or school age child care program, the report must be made by a staff member who has direct knowledge of the allegation(s) of suspected abuse or maltreatment.  The mandated reporting law no longer permits a mandated reporter to fulfill his or her mandated reporting responsibility by advising the director of the center or program, or the director’s designee, of the alleged abuse or maltreatment and having the director or designee make the call to the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and maltreatment.  Under the new law, a mandated reporter with direct knowledge of the alleged abuse or maltreatment must personally make the call to the State Central Register.  (Note: The State Central Register has access to interpreters to assist non-English speaking reporters.) 
This means that the provisions of the regulations cited above that require that mandated reporters advise the director of the program or the director’s designee of any allegations of abuse or neglect so that the director or designee may call the State Central Register are no longer operative.  Under current law, reports to the State Central must be made by a staff member who has direct knowledge of the alleged abuse or maltreatment.  The mandated reporter is then required to notify the director or designee that a report has been made.  The director or designee is then responsible for all subsequent internal administration necessitated by the report, including completion of the form LDSS 2221A.   
No longer does notification to the director or his or her designee absolve the original mandated reporter of his or her responsibility to personally make a report to the State Central Register.  In addition, when making a report to the State Central Register, the mandated reporter must include the names, job titles and contact information of every staff person who is believed to have direct knowledge of the allegations contained in the report.
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 Guidelines for Mixing Bleach Solutions

The current bleach sanitizing solution guidelines for sanitizing food contact surfaces, including counter tops, dining tables and high chair trays has been updated.  Attached are the new guidelines.    HIGHLIGHTED_Bleach_Sanitizing_Guidelines_(rev_Sep_2009)[1](1).pdf

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The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) has revised the Crediting Foods in CACFP guide to comply with new federal guidelines. The guide encourages all child care programs to plan meals with a variety of whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables, lean meats, legumes and low-fat dairy products.
What this means for your program is that some items that were creditable in the past will no longer be creditable as of January 1, 2014.
Each Food component list in the new guide is now divided into three sections:
1.     Recommended: These are healthy food choices that are creditable and are encouraged.
2.     Not Recommended but Allowed: These are less healthy food choices that are creditable but should be served only occasionally.
3.     Not Allowed: These foods are not creditable and do not count toward meeting the CACFP Healthy Meal Pattern requirements.
Some of the changes include the following:
·        Vegetables/Fruits Component: Juice may be served no more than once a day. Jell-O salads are not creditable, even if made with fruit or juice. Cranberry sauce, olives, onions and pickles are not creditable but may be served to enhance a meal. The amount of dried fruit required to meet meal pattern requirements has changed. Now ¼ cup of dried fruit--like apricots, cranberries, prunes or raisins--equals ½ cup of fruit.
·        Grains/Breads Component: More items have been added to the list of sweet grains. Brownies, cake, cupcakes, coffee cake, gingerbread, rice pudding. and pound cake are no longer creditable. Chips of any kind, including tortilla chips, are also no longer creditable. There is a page that lists recommended low-sugar cereals. Some are also whole-grain cereals.
·        Meat/Meat Alternates Component: Only yogurt that is fat-free or low-fat and is prepared without artificial sweeteners is creditable. American cheese labeled "pasteurized process cheese" is creditable; however, if labeled “cheese product” or “imitation cheese” it is not creditable.
·        Infant Foods: For infants over 8 months old, 100% fruit juice is permitted no more than once per day and only at snack; and plain toasted oat cereal (Cheerios) is the only adult cereal creditable for infants.
The new CACFP Crediting Foods in CACFP guide is available by accessing www.health.ny.gov/cacfp.
The following link, http://nydontraining.health.state.ny.us/crediting_foods_presentation will take you to a tutorial on how to use the new Crediting Foods in CACFP guide.
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Special Edition Solar Eclipse Newsletter
Click here for some great information and ideas to teach your children about the upcoming solar eclipse.
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Community Child Care Clearinghouse of Niagara's 2017 Summer Newsletter
Click here to view a copy of the Community Child Care Clearinghouse of Niagara's 2017 Summer Newsletter.
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Community Child Care Clearinghouse of Niagara Supplemental Newsletter, Giraffe Edition.   Click here for some fun ideas, games, songs and jokes about giraffes.
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Community Child Care Clearinghouse of Niagara Supplemental Newsletter for World Turtle Day
World Turtle Day is Tuesday May 23, 2017.  Click here for some great ideas on how to incorporate this day into your child care program.
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Community Child Care Clearinghouse of Niagara's 2017 Spring Newsletter
Click here to view a copy of the Community Child Care Clearinghouse of Niagara's 2017 Spring Newsletter.
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Community Child Care Clearinghouse of Niagara's 2016 Winter Newsletter
Click here to view a copy of the Community Child Care Clearinghouse of Niagara's 2016 Winter Newsletter.
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Community Child Care Clearinghouse of Niagara's 2016 Fall Newsletter
Click here to view a copy of the Community Child Care Clearinghouse of Niagara's 2016 Fall Newsletter.
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Community Child Care Clearinghouse of Niagara's 2016 Summer Newsletter
Click here to view a copy of the Community Child Care Clearinghouse of Niagara's 2016 Summer Newsletter.
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                            Community Child Care Clearinghouse of Niagara's 2016 Spring Newsletter
Click here to view a copy of the Community Child Care Clearinghouse of Niagara's 2016 Spring Newsletter.
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                            Community Child Care Clearinghouse of Niagara's 2015 Fall/Winter Newsletter
Click here to view a copy of the Community Child Care Clearinghouse of Niagara's 2015 Fall/Winter Newsletter.
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                           Community Child Care Clearinghouse of Niagara's 2015 Summer Newsletter
Click here to view a copy of the Community Child Care Clearinghouse of Niagara's 2015 Summer Newsletter.
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                           Community Child Care Clearinghouse of Niagara's 2015 Spring Newsletter
Click here to view a copy of the Community Child Care Clearinghouse of Niagara's 2015 Spring Newsletter.
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                             Community Child Care Clearinghouse of Niagara's 2015 Winter Newsletter
Click here to view a copy of the Community Child Care Clearinghouse of Niagara's Fall/Winter Newsletter.
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Community Child Care Clearinghouse of Niagara's Fall/ Winter Newsletter
Click here to view a copy of the Community Child Care Clearinghouse of Niagara's Fall/Winter Newsletter.


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