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June 2012 - August 2012

UMMER 2012 is upon us and we are all looking forward to some blue skies and sunny days. Summer brings a change of routine, which for many of us can be a welcome relief. However, for parents and child care providers summer can often bring challenges. Parents are often left scrambling for child care and providers have to deal with fluctuating enrollment & changes in routines.

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Remember that Child Care Solutions can help. Our parent service team is here to help families find the child care they need. And our professional development team can assist providers with changes and challenges they may experience. Most importantly we have to remember that even though we may long for the lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer; the change in routine can be difficult for the children in our lives. For many, their sleep & eating patterns will be different. The summer heat & sun can wear them out. Their social lives will change. Be patient and give them the time they need to adjust and, above all, enjoy the season.

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Parent Guide To Finding

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It’s Official,

The Moment We’ve Been Waiting For Is Here...QualitystarsNY is STARting. Child Care Solutions is excited to announce that Syracuse is one of seven (7) communities in New York State chosen to participate in the implementation of QualitystarsNY. The program establishes a five (5) star rating system for child care programs in New York State. This rating scale will make the process of finding high quality child care easier for the parents of our community. It will also create a quality improvement process for child care programs in Central NY so they can elevate the care they provide to our children. For years we have been advocating for a quality improvement and rating system (QRIS) for our community and state. We have worked tirelessly on this because we know that high quality child care & learning experiences are critical to the social, emotional, physical and intellectual development of our children. The importance of QualitystarsNY cannot be underestimated. The parents of our state deserve a reliable rating system to lessen the difficult process of finding high quality child care. How many of us choose restaurants or hotels based on a rating system? Do you read Consumer Reports when you purchase a car, refrigerator or TV? These rating systems certainly help us as consumers make wise decisions about our spending. Currently parents have to perform tedious, time consuming, often ill-informed research about child care. Sometimes it is chosen on a “wing and a prayer.” How much easier will it be for parents when they can call Child Care Solutions to ask about the program’s QualitystarsNY rating?

role it plays not only in the lives of children, but also as an economic necessity for Central New York. Most important, is how children will benefit from a program like QualitystarsNY. Research shows that the majority of brain growth and social & intellectual development occur before the age of five. It stands to reason that if we can offer high quality early care & learning experiences for our community’s children they will be better prepared for school and life-long success. Doesn’t every child deserve that? Child Care Solutions holds the following core beliefs: • • • • • •

All children deserve high quality early learning & care experiences. All children have the right to secure, trusting, nurturing relationships with adults. All children must have their physical, emotional and social needs met to develop to their fullest potential. All children deserve the same respect as adults. As adults we have to advocate for & protect all children. Children are born ready to learn.

We feel QualitystarsNY will help fulfill these beliefs. We are confident that child care programs and parents in our area will feel the same. To learn more about QualitystarsNY please call Peggy Liuzzi at Child Care Solutions @ 446-1220.

For the child care providers in our community, isn’t it time you receive the recognition & support you deserve for the very hard, very IMPORTANT work you do every day for the children of CNY? QUALITYstarsNY is your opportunity to participate in a quality improvement process that will set standards, offer guidance, support and training so you can develop a well-respected, professional child care program that meets the needs of today’s parents & children. It is time to elevate your profession so it is recognized for the critical Connection

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CONNECTION 2011 Board of Directors Kurt Roulston/Chair Laura Ranger/1st Vice Chair Marisol Hernandez/Vice Chair Lynn Gerrity-Ames/Secretary Tim Rake/Treasurer Denise Androvette Rob Butkowski Christopher Collins Michele Ferguson Suzanne Galbato Sally Heater Gregory A. Hinman John A. McGraw(2012 Chair) Brian Murphy Frank Panzetta Stella Penizotto Janet Reistrom-Goncalves Chandra Smith Susan Smith Andrea Wandersee Melissa Whipps

Staff Leadership Peggy Liuzzi Executive Director Shannon Gillen Assistant Director Cecilia Casion-Lizzi Finance Director Patrice Robinson Marketing & Devlopment Director

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Those words by Frederick Douglass over 100 years ago have been proven true by study after study. The experiences of children, early in their development, create a momentum that can carry that child either towards success or failure. No one wants to think of children as ‘broken’ and we should never stop giving every child the greatest opportunities for success. But we know that early childhood care is critical to starting a child on the right path. And, if early childhood care is so critical, it stands to reason that the quality of that care matters a great deal. Child Care Solutions wants to be in the forefront of bringing quality child care to families in Onondaga and Cayuga counties. Whether it is our efforts to achieve national accreditation through ChildCare Aware of America, our work in support of the QualitystarsNY or the everyday efforts of our dedicated staff to train and support child care providers; every action has as its goal improving the quality of child care for those we serve. In this report you’ll find some of the highlights of the past year. I hope you’ll take a few moments to read about how these very determined people are working to bring accessible, affordable, quality child care to Central New York.

Patricia Beck Professional Development Director Beth Henderson Registration Director

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CONNECTION What Really Matters 2011 marked Child Care Solutions’ 36th year of service to CNY child care providers and families with young children. Though we have many programs, our work over all these years has had only one goal: to help families to access high-quality child care that meets their needs and supports children’s healthy development and learning.

According to the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, nearly 11 million children under age 5 are in some type of child care setting for an average of 35 hours every week. What these young children experience in child care will influence their health, behavior and learning through childhood and for the rest of their lives. They are the reason our work matters. Harvard University’s Center for the Developing Child reports that in the first few years of life, 700 new neural connections are formed every second. Babies’ experiences with their environment and their interactions with responsive adults form neural connections that build the architecture of the brain. This is a powerful reason why the quality of child care matters. This year the staff of Child Care Solutions shared information with state and federal legislators and the community about initiatives that support access to child care, keep children safe and improve the quality of community child care programs. We believe that expanding child care subsidies for working parents, improving child care oversight and implementing QualitystarsNY is an investment in our future. Long-term studies have found that every dollar spent on high-quality early childhood programs generates $4 - $9 in increased earnings and reduced costs. This return-on-investment is just one reason that public spending on child care matters. We’ve been especially blessed this year with community partners that share our commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of young children. We’ve valued the support of funders like the Allyn Foundation, the Community Foundation of CNY, the Cayuga Community Fund, the Community Health Foundation of Western & Central NY, M&T Bank, the Women’s Fund of CNY and the United Way in Onondaga and Cayuga County. Our collaborations with the Syracuse City School District, Enable, Syracuse University, Success By 6, Cooperative Federal, Freedom Recreation Services, the Red Cross and the Onondaga County Literacy Coalition have helped us expand and improve our services even in these tough economic times. Working together to make our community a better place for children – that’s what really matters. Poet Gabriella Mistral said “Many things can wait. Children cannot… To them we cannot say tomorrow. Their name is today.” For me, that’s what matters most, today and tomorrow.

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Financial Overview

Total Income 2010-2011

Total Expenses 2010-2011

$ 3,345,111.00

Income Breakdown

Grant Revenue

Fund Raising & Contributions Fee for Service Other Revenues

$ 3,321,047

Expenses Breakdown

$3,095,875

Parent Services

$507,222

$13,679

Child Care Registration

$579,840

$176,714 $58,843

Provider Support & Education Child & Adult Care Food Program Community Outreach

Management & Fundraising

$865,740 $1,163,892 $4,270 $200,083

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Child Care Solutions continues to set the standard for outstanding programs and services to the Central New York community. Our Parent Services Team provides referrals and education to the parents of our area so they can be informed consumers of child care. This team is fortunate to have members fluent in Spanish who were able to provide assistance to the second largest language group in Onondaga & Cayuga Counties. Our Professional Development Team creates and implements outstanding training programs, curriculum and development plans so the child care providers of Onondaga & Cayuga Counties can provide high quality child care for our children. Our Registration Team under the authority of the Office of Children & Family Services registers, inspects and monitors group family child care homes and school age child care centers for health & safety. Our Providers Services Team ensure that qualified child care programs enroll in and adhere to the requirements of the Child & Adult Care Food Program.

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Parent Services 2011 Highlights 5315 68%

Families Received Child Care Referrals Of Families Who Received Referrals Fell Below 200% of Federal Poverty Standard

Professional Development 2011 Highlights 607 12 7174 1948 14108 348

Classes Offered Classes Offered in Spanish Total Attendance at Trainings Total # of Individuals Trained Total Hours of Training Offered Programs Used our Health Care Consultancy Service

Registration 2011 Highlights 44 4 9 2

Newly Registered Family Child Care Programs in Onondaga County Newly Registered School Age Child Care Programs in Onondaga County Newly Registered Family Child Care Programs in Cayuga County Newly Registerd School Age Child Care Programs in Cayuga County

Provider Services 2011 Highlights 183 117 81

Average Number of Family Child Care Providers That Participated each month in the Child & Adult Care Food Program Family Child Care and Legally Exempt Providers Received Health & Safety Grants Prospective Family Child Care Providers Attended First Step Orientation Sessions

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When children feel safe and secure and get lots of individual attention, that is the mark of high quality child care. A safe, loving, stimulating environment is important. But children also need a place that supports their learning and development so they can reach their full potential and be ready for success. The first 5 years of a child’s life are critical to their development. High quality child care will help ensure that children are ready for school & ready to learn.

Child Care Solutions continuously strives to increase the quality of child care in Cayuga and Onondaga Counties. Our Professional Development Team educates caregivers on everything from potty training, behavior, guidance, early literacy & learning through play. Knowing that child care providers face challenging economic times, we continue to offer classes and trainings that are reasonably priced or funded through scholarships & grants. Our parent services team has the important function of informing and educating the parents of our community. They want parents to know what high quality child care really looks like and understand the short term and long term benefits for their children. Parents face so many difficult decisions and choosing child care can be one of the most difficult. Unfortunately there is still a range of quality in the programs available in Central NY. Through personal consultations & education we guide parents toward high quality child care that suits the needs of their family. We have also been actively involved in the launch of QualityStarsNY, a Quality Improvement and Rating System (QRIS) that provides standards for child care programs to meet and a rating scale for parents to use when choosing child care. Child Care Solutions was one of eleven agencies that participated in the field testing phase of this program. We are major proponents of this QualityStarsNY and look forward to fully implementing this rating system in Onondaga in 2012 and Cayuga County in the future. For more information on QualityStarsNY visit www.qualitystarsny.org.

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Child Care Solutions advocates for high quality child care because we know all children deserve it. But did you know that high quality child care is good for our entire community? Short-term—it supports local families so they can work. Their productivity on the job keeps our businesses running and enables residents to provide for their families, buy homes and pay taxes to support the economic stability of our community. Long-term—it increases school readiness and lays the foundation for children’s later success in school and in life. With lackluster test scores and high dropout rates plaguing many of our schools, it’s time to invest more money in school readiness. Research studies have found that 75% of brain growth and 85% of intellect, personality and social skills develop before age five. Quality child care is good for business too. Many Fortune 500 companies have found that increasing access to child care helps employees to balance their family and work roles and improves productivity, reduces absenteeism, cuts turnover and increases company value. Child Care Solutions calls on policy makers, business & civic leaders, educators, and parents to start advocating for effective early childhood policies and practices. We will not eliminate all social and economic inequalities, but we can increase the odds that many more children will grow up to be adults who contribute positively to our community.

“We’re literally spending billions and billions of dollars on K-12 education, and when kindergartners and first graders aren’t ready to learn when they get to school, it hurts the nation.” Charles Kolb, president Commmittee for Economic Development (CED)

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It’s All About The Children of Onondaga & Cayuga Counties

Child Care Solutions performs the work we do because of these core beliefs:

All children deserve high quality early learning & care experiences.

All children have the right to secure, trusting, nurturing relationships with adults.

All children must have their physical, emotional and social needs met to develop to their fullest potential.

All children deserve the same respect as adults.

As adults we have to advocate for & protect all children.

Children are born ready to learn.

All children are unique, with individual learning styles.

Children learn through play.

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If you hold these same core beliefs please consider supporting Child Care Solutions. To learn how to support our organization please call: Peggy Liuzzi 315-446-1220 ext. 310 or Patrice Robinson 315-446-1220 ext. 354 Or go to: www.childcaresolutionscny.org

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Trivia Night 2012

Fun & Games at the Fair Thursday, October 25, 2012

Some non profits offer you black tie affairs, or swanky dinners. At Child Care Solutions we like to say we have the coolest fundraiser in town. Back by popular demand we will be testing Central New York’s IQ with our 3rd annual TRIVIA NIGHT! We brought the Dinosaur BBQ to life in 2011, but due to the ROARING success we are moving to a bigger venue. The newly renovated Empire Room at the Fairgrounds will be the setting for a night of Fun & Games at the Fair! Mark your calendars now and start forming your trivia teams. There will be fantastic prizes, tons of food, our mind teasing trivia and most of all a really good time!

Video Conference Trainings June 14, 2012 Behavior Management October 18 2012 Nurturing Creativity During School Age Years November 15, 2012 Emergency Preparedness You can attend video conferences at either: Child Care Solutions 6724 Thompson Road, Syracuse or Child Care Solutions 34 Wright Avenue, Auburn All conferences are held from 6:30-915 pm. Register on line at www.tsg.suny.edu or call (1-888399-0549) for additional information. You MUST pre-register through PDP in order to attend these conferences.

Fall 2012 Child Care Director’s Meetings

All Child Care Center, Head Start and School-Age Child Care Administrators are welcome to attend. No registration is necessary.

Auburn Open House

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 6:00PM-8:00PM Come get to know us at our new Auburn Office. There will be food and fun as we welcome the child care providers of Cayuga County.

CPR/AED & First Aid For Child Care Providers

Child Care Solutions & The American Red Cross are proud to partner to bring you Adult & Child CPR/AED with Infant CPR and Child Care First Aid classes. You must be a licensed or registered child care provider to take these classes. Successful students earn a Red Cross certification valid for 2 years. $30 for Child Care Solutions Members $50 for Non Members All Classes are held at Child Care Solutions 6724 Thompson Rd. Syracuse, NY 13211 Call Child Care Solutions 315-446-1220 or Toll Free 888-729-7290 to enroll.

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Did You Enter The Extreme Literacy Makeover Contest? Jovan Dunlap and Erie Canal Kids Entered And Won, The First Annual Child Care Solutions Extreme Literacy Makeover Contest. The Extreme Literacy Makeover Contest was created after a brainstorming session between Katie Howell and Marketing Director, Patrice Robinson. They were discussing how family child care providers can incorporate multi-functional items into their homes that are necessary for their child care business yet look good enough for their families after business hours. The idea grew into the literacy makeover, an opportunity to implement small changes and additions that can make child care environments more literacy rich. The contest was then opened to family child care providers and child care centers. Both winners entered the online contest by describing why they needed and wanted the makeover for their programs. Entries were judged by a panel who voted for the most compelling entries. Jovan Dunlap, a family child care provider, summed up the spirit of the contest in her entry. “I did not have the opportunities that most kids had. Reading for me was getting lost in my imagination as I read along, immersing myself in someone else’s life and pretending I was there. I would spend hours reading and not stopping until my book was finished. Being an avid reader allowed me to stay out of trouble at an age where trouble seemed normal. I want to provide that same escape for the kids in my daycare,” she stated. Kim Cuipylo, director of Erie Canal Kids was concerned that her program was lacking literacy games and materials for the older pre-schoolers. Erie Canal Kids has been busy expanding the literacy materials available for younger preschoolers and wanted to provide the same for the older children. Congratulations to both winners who will each receive: • $100 worth of materials donated by Lakeshore Learning. • $100 worth of materials donated by Child Care Solutions. • $50 for books from Barnes & Noble donated by the Onondaga County Literacy Coalition. • 10 hours of assistance from Child Care Solutions Professional Development Specialist, Katie Howell. is published by

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Fraud Investigations Beth Henderson, Director of Registraion

Child Care Solutions recognizes that the majority of child care providers are not deliberately committing fraud. We must, however, keep you informed about what is occuring in your profession. If you have any questions please call us at

Most providers/programs are extremely vigilant about making sure their documentation is valid and accurate. However, the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (NYS OCFS), and Registrars have seen an increase in child care fraud cases. We wanted to let you know about some important changes that are occurring when fraud is suspected or alleged. Fraud is defined as the deliberate submission or filing of forged, false, or altered documents to the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), its agents (Registrars), the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), local Department of Social Services or any other government agency. Some examples of child day care fraud include; submission of OCFS fingerprint cards for non-child care staff, falsified child care attendance records, medical statements, training records, and building/equipment inspection results. Submission of subsidy billing or CACFP claims for children who have not been in your care, and billing for care that was provided by an unauthorized substitute, alternate, or assistant, are other examples of fraud. This year, the Onondaga County Department of Social Services and Cayuga County Department of Social Services both received a grant to hire additional staff to expand the capacity to investigate suspected fraud.

New regulations enacted this year by the NYS OCFS expand the actions which may be 315-446-1220. taken when fraud is suspected or determined. Department of Social Services and Licensing/Registrar staff will work collaboratively to investigate fraud. Department of Social Services (DSS) districts can take actions to defer (delay), or disallow some portion of reimbursement payments to providers/programs for child care services billed for eligible families. In some cases, when fraud is determined, providers/programs may also be disqualified from receiving any/all child care reimbursement payments for a minimum of a five year period. In some cases, NYS OCFS might begin an enforcement action which could affect the program’s operation. If you need help to set up recordkeeping systems for your program, please contact Child Care Solutions for technical assistance.

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Rethinking Swaddling Susan DeCarlo Infant/Toddler Specialist

Many of us think of swaddling as a useful way to calm and comfort small babies. For years, when I have made site visits to family or center based care as an Infant/Toddler specialist, I have talked about swaddling babies as a way to keep their hands and arms contained in order to help the child self soothe and sleep. However, recently my opinion on swaddling has changed. After hearing that several centers have been cited for swaddling, it became important to understand what the benefits, risks and consequences of swaddling can be. Swaddling is an ancient infant care practice and with many variations, both in type and tightness of wrappings used and in start and length of time of swaddling. The swaddling-techniques vary from wrapping the infant in bands (the European way) to tightly folding blankets or a sheet around the child (as practiced for example in South America or in the former Soviet Union). In some Native American populations, sometimes a cradleboard is used to swaddle the infant on. Research in experimental situations shows that swaddling can affect the baby’s “wake-up” function and promote sleep. Child caregivers should keep in mind that swaddling should not be applied without current training on the correct technique of swaddling. When illness or hunger is the cause of excessive crying, swaddling should not be applied. Moreover, a safe swaddling technique should be used.

Positive Effects of Swaddling: • Less moments of spontaneously waking up during sleep, a longer sleep and easier to wake up, and an infant is more likely to return to sleep on his own. • Swaddling may reduce the risk of SIDS, because it hinders a baby from turning on his/her stomach. • During weighing, swaddled infants that are born too early, experience less stress and move more easily; in infants with brain damage crying is reduced more by swaddling than massaging the infants. • Swaddling during heel prick makes infants that are born too early return to being calm more quickly, and it can calm these infants when they are in pain. • Swaddling did not affect breastfeeding activities such as number and duration of breastfeeding, the amount of milk taken in, and total breastfeeding time. Negative Effects of Swaddling: • Traditional forms of swaddling increase the risk for hip dysplasia. • Tight swaddling, particularly where the head is covered, reduces the baby’s ability to cool its body temperature which, along with other factors, can lead to hyperthermia. • In one study, the risk of developing respiratory infections increased fourfold by swaddling. After looking into the research, my own opinion of swaddling has changed. Although swaddling may sometimes be helpful, in light of the research, it may be best to limit its use.

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I suggest that providers create a rhythm and uniformity in their infant programs everyday. Infants need a quiet environment, and a consistent sequence for their sleeping times. For example, feed them right after waking, have a positive interaction (cuddling and playtime with a caregiver), let them play on their own (preferably in a playpen), and put them to bed awake as soon as signs of weariness appear (yawning, whining, rubbing of eyes, overactive behavior). This approach offers the baby and the provider structure and may help the babies improve their ability to sleep the amount of time they need, drink adequately and be content while being/playing on their own. (315) 446-1220

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Professional Development Coordinator Patti Sofranko ext. 312

Finance Director Cecilia Casion-Lizzi ext. 304

Health Care Consultant Melody Scanlon ext. 332

Provider Services Specialists Tracey Hare ext. 348 Alexis Hyde ext. 333 Ashley Lenhart ext. 349 Laura Maloney ext. 305 Diane Thomas ext. 323

Director of Professional Development Patricia Beck ext. 309

Professional Development Specialists Katie Howell ext. 326 Tonia Thornton ext. 347

Parent Services Specialists Ana Sojo ext. 353

Infant/Toddler Region III Coordinator Susan DeCarlo ext. 335

Registration Director Beth Henderson ext. 416

EWPH Nutrition Specialist Pat Kuhl ext. 314

Registration Coordinator Siobane Hall ext. 414

Health and Safety Coordinator Rose Walsh ext. 319

Registrars Sue Benjamin ext. 412 Faith Gilliam ext. 405 Laura King ext. 432 Selena LaPoint-Dice ext. 430 Casey Miner ext. 436 Becky Oliver ext. 434 Linda Russell Shepherd ext. 438

Marketing/Development Director Patrice Robinson ext. 354 Systems Administrator Pam Borreggine ext. 306 Senior Administrative Assistant Linda Mocciaro ext. 315 Administrative Team Kay Brown ext. 345 (Accounting Asst) Suzanne Goodell ext. 401 (Registrar Asst) Sara Pastore ext. 301 (Admin Asst)

Parent Services Coordinator Aimee Fletcher ext. 313

Director of Provider Services Michelle Wolstenholme ext. 346


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