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Quarterly Newsletter

CONNECTION June 2013-August 2013




Save The Dates! We Have Great Things in Store pg. 2

ANNUAL REPORT 2012 pg. 7-18

Tales From The Crib pg. 3 Connection

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Save The Date

Don’t Get Caught Unprepared...We’re Giving You a HEADS UP!

This Conference “LAUGHTER MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE A TOT AGAIN!” Will Cover All Save the Date Monday October 14, 2013 9 OCFS Child Care Solutions’ Columbus Day Conference “Laughter Makes You Feel Like a Tot Again” Categories! IT WOULD BE SWEET IF YOU GOT OFF THE COUCH AND MARKED YOUR CALENDAR FOR


Motivational Speaker, Comedian, Author, Yvonne Conte “The Little Italian Girl With a BIG message” & Child Care Trainer, Speaker, & Funny Lady Gretchen Kinnell “An Afternoon at The Improv”

Ticket Price $50

3 Workshops 6 Training Hours...IT’S GOING TO BE HOT! SAVE THE DATE It’s Your Business: A Mini-conference For Women Who Own Family Child Care Businesses

Child Care Solutions Will Be Closed We will be CLOSED 9:00AM - 11:00AM For Staff Meetings

Date: Saturday, September 14th Time: 8:00AM-2:00PM

Monday, July 15

Monday, August 19

Monday, September 16

We will be CLOSED

Place: Drumlins Country Club 800 Nottingham Rd. Syracuse, NY Keynote speaker: Joanne Lenweaver, Executive Director WISE Women’s Business Center

Thursday, July 4, Independence Day

Friday, July 5

Directors Meetings

Schedule and registration forms coming soon!

All Child Care Center, Head Start and School-Age Child Administrators are welcome to attend. No registration is necessary. No Directors’ Meetings in July and August.

Special thanks to Women’s Fund of CNY for helping to support this special training event.


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Fall meetings are scheduled for: •

Tuesday, September 17th, 9:30 – 11 am at our Auburn office

Tuesday, October 8th, 9:30 – 11 am at our Syracuse office

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Tales From The Crib

Wonderful Water Play

Sock Rings Rock!

Reprinted with permission for Capital District CCR&R Tip Sheets

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4 Ways You Can Make A Fun Activity Meaningful When it comes to play, many children are open to wet and watery opportunities. A sink with running water is fascinating to busy toddlers even when they aren’t washing their hands. There is no right or wrong way to play with water. It is an affordable, relaxing form of play that appeals to every age learner. It allows them to clear their minds, to be free and formless in their ideas as they play. When children put water in a cup, it takes the shape of a cup. They love the sounds made as they “glug” water out of an emptying bottle. Water can drip, flow, pour or splash. It can be warm, cold or come in the changing form of a slippery melting ice cube. The benefits of water play for young children are endless. When children enjoy water play they may discover:

Sue DeCarlo, Infant Toddler Specialist Child Care Solutions


Use an inexpensive colorful sock from the craft/dollar store


Cut the toe off the sock.

Science & math skills: shapes, empty/full, half full/half empty, before/ after, heavy/light, warm/cold, liquid/solid, wet/dry


Fine motor skills: holding tight to something slippery, using tongs, nets, scoops, funnels, basters, squeeze, squirt

Roll it up.

Coordination skills: eye-hand, two handed work


Language skills: full, empty, pour, drip, spill, squirt, float, sink…… Social skills: by playing together children can imitate others, use their imaginations, make new friends, help friends, share materials and ideas with friends, learn new things about their friends, learn positive water play behaviors

Stack, wear, toss, chew, use your imagination.

The role of the adult during water play is to: 1. Provide children with “green light” materials that can be fully explored with a minimum of interruption 2. Talk with children and ask simple questions as they play 3. Model positive water play behaviors and language as children play and work out conflicts. 4. Support children’s learning by helping them add to what they already know about water and supplying varied experiences involving water. **Water play materials must be cleaned regularly to prevent germs that can grow in warm, wet places. Children should wash their hands before playing with water. Water should be changed daily or as needed per use. Water table should be washed with soap and water and then sanitized as well as toys, giving special attention to toys that may hold water inside until squeezed out. Items should be allowed to air dry before they are used again.


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Learning Through Water Play, National Association for the Education of Young Children [NAEYC], 1997 Water, Water Everywhere by Rusty Keeler, Child Care Exchange, 2004 Water-based Learning Units by Sheila Milnes, Better Kid Care, Penn. State University Cooperative Extension Program

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Summer Fun


TEN TIPS FOR MAKING SUMMER A BREEZE by Katie Howell Kass Nethercott Patrice Robinson

#1 GET WET & WACKY WITH WATER • • • • • •


Run thru the sprinkler Make a water table Create a toy car wash Have a water sponge toss Do the water hose limbo Have a bike wash

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GO ON A GREAT NATURE ESCAPE Have a natural scavenger hunt Spot some birds on a bird watch Build a butterfly habitat Lie down and look at the clouds Take a hike through your neighborhood or yard and try to find something that is one of the colors of the rainbow

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Make a baking soda volcano Make homemade playdough Make milk art Go ice fishing Visit experiments for instructions on these experiments

#10 KEEP IT SAFE • • •

Remember the sunscreen Avoid the sun between 10AM-2PM Check with your licensor or registar for special safety concerns


HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW Make a flower rainbow Plant a container garden Make a daisy chain Use 2 sheets of clear contact paper & place petals/ leaves between them for an instant sun catcher

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KICK IT OLD SCHOOL Jump rope Hula hoop Kickball Kick the can Hopscotch Blow bubbles Freeze tag Four square

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#5 • • •

SAVE IT FOR A RAINY DAY Jump in puddles Sing in the rain Make mud pies

#6 • • •

BRING THE INDOORS OUT Use building blocks outside Play board games on a blanket Read outside

#7 • • • •

PETITE PICASSOS Freeze tempura paint in ice cube trays with popsicle sticks. Use for paint brushes after they are frozen Cover the driveway or sidewalk with chalk drawings Bring easels outside for “Painting in the Park” Paint rocks for garden decorations

#8 • • • •


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STEPPIN’ OUT TO CHECK THEM OUT Rosamond Gifford Zoo Beaver Lake Nature Center Highland Forest Wegmans Tram at Onondaga Lake Park

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News & Notes Ask The Nutritionist

Week of the Young Child Photo Contest

Pat Kuhl, our Nutritionist is available to answer your questions regarding children’s diet & nutrition. Email questions to:

Thanks to everyone who particpated in our Week of the Young Child photo contest, Children Learn Through Play. We had some great entries that made it very difficult to choose. The contest winners received gift certificates for free training hours from Child Care Solutions and Destiny USA gift cards. The Jewish Community Center took first place for their photo “Pyramid City.” Rothschilds Early Learning Center took second place for their photo “Tell Me A Story.” We wish everyone could have one. If the pictures are proof there are a lot of child care providers in Central New York who believe in the concept that children learn through play.

Summer Vanilla Orange Freezer is Hot...Try This Pops Recipe For a Healthy From Eating Well: July/August 2009

Way to Cool Off

Ingredients 1 1/2 cups orange juice 1 1/2 cups low-fat vanilla yogurt 1-2 tablespoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract Preparation 1.Whisk orange juice, yogurt, sugar to taste and vanilla in a medium bowl. 2.Divide the mixture among freezerpop molds. Insert the sticks and freeze until completely firm, about 6 hours. Dip the molds briefly in hot water before unmolding.

Provider Appreciation Day Child Care Solutions knows what a tough job child care can be. That is why this past May 10th we participated in Provider Appreciation Day. It was important to us to take the time to thank all of the hard working child care providers who are providing high quality care to the children of Central New York. We also asked parents to do the same. Remember, you are vital to parents, employers and most importantly the children of our community everyday of the year. Keep up the good work!

Tips & Notes Make Ahead Tip: Freeze for up to 3 weeks. Equipment: Ten 3-ounce (or similar-size) freezer-pop molds Nutrition Per serving: 53 calories; 1 g fat ( 0 g sat , 0 g mono ); 2 mg cholesterol; 10 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 0 g fiber; 25 mg sodium; 155 mg potassium. Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (32% daily value).

Shout out to Kelly Guy Executive Director at Neighborhood House of Auburn! Kelly recently graduated from the Leadership Cayuga program. A six-month program conducted by the Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce. Leadership Cayuga stimulates public-minded thinking and increases the base of informed, capable leaders committed to using their talents to add to our community’s vitality. The program’s more than 400 alumni are among the most informed volunteers in Cayuga County. Congratulations Kelly and keep up the great work!

We hope everyone was treated as nicely as cutie pie Ashlynn treated her child care providers, Marylee Stiles and LeeAnn Quimby.


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Applying for EIP? Is The Trainer Credentialed? Recognizing that a well-trained workforce is critical to achieving high quality child care across New York State, The Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) is announcing that on June 1, 2013, all training funded through the Educational Incentive Program (EIP) will require that trainers have received or are in the process of receiving The New York State Early Learning Trainer Credential (NYSELTC) or are an approved Verified Trainer or Content Specialist Trainer. Having the title of New York State Early Learning Credentialed Trainer, Verified Trainer or Content Specialist Trainer means that the trainer is an “endorsed” trainer. Endorsed trainers are eligible for EIP because their qualifications have been screened and meet the standard set to provide professional development to child care providers and early educators statewide. In addition, any trainer in the process of receiving the New York State Early Learning Trainer Credential by June 1, 2013 will be eligible for EIP funding through the end of 2013. If you are applying for an EIP scholarship, then as of June 1, 2013, you must seek out an endorsed trainer or a trainer in the process of becoming endorsed as a New York State Early Learning Credentialed Trainer. If you are a provider who is not using EIP funding, there are presently no changes in how you obtain training that counts toward the 30-hour regulatory training requirement. We hope, however, that you will seek out endorsed trainers since you will know that they have met the standards of being a high-quality trainer. If you currently provide training to child care staff and are interested in becoming a credentialed trainer, or if you hire persons to train your staff and want to learn more about the credentialing process, then visit the following Website:

Summer is here and we will be outside more often. What sunscreen should I use? The American Academy of Dermatology recommends everyone use sunscreen that offers the following: • • •

Broad-spectrum protection (protects against UVA and UVB rays). Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30 or greater. Water resistance.

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A sunscreen that offers the above helps to protect your skin from sunburn, early skin aging, and skin cancer. However, sunscreen alone cannot fully protect you. To protect your skin dermatologists recommend the following: •

Generously apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30 to all exposed skin. “Broad-spectrum” provides protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Re-apply approximately every two hours or as indicated on the label, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating.

Wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, where possible.

Seek shade when appropriate, remembering that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade.


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Annual Report

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John A. McGraw, Chair National Grid

Marisol Hernandez, 1st Vice Chair CNY Latino Lynn Gerrity Ames, Vice-Chair Retired

Child Care Solutions is a Child Care Resource & Referral agency that has served the Onondaga County community since 1975, and Cayuga County since 2009. We are a non-profit organization committed to ensuring that: Families have access to high-quality, affordable, safe child care; and

Tim Rake, Treasurer Firley, Moran, Freer & Eassa, PC

Child care providers have the knowledge and skills they need to support children’s early learning and healthy development.

Peggy Rowe, Secretary Dannible & McKee

Our mission is to promote:

Michele Abdul-Sabur Syracuse City School District Rob Butkowski Pathfinder Bank Michele Ferguson Children’s Learning Center at OCC Suzanne Galbato Bond, Schoeneck & King Sally Heater Group Family Child Care Provider

EARLY LEARNING, HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT AND HIGH QUALITY CHILD CARE FOR ALL CHILDREN We do this through education, advocacy & support for families & early childhood professionals.

Gregory A. Hinman Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Emilee K. Lawson-Hatch Bousquet & Holstein Frank Panzetta St. Josephs Hospital Stella Penizotto Shining Stars Day Care Chandra Smith Salvation Army Susan Smith Syracuse University Nancy Tehan E. John Gavras Center Melissa Whipps Syracuse University Holly Wright Berry Plastics

STAFF LEADERSHIP Peggy Liuzzi Executive Director Shannon Gillen Assistant Director Mike Ranson Finance Director Patrice Robinson Marketing & Development Director Patricia Beck Professional Development Director Beth Henderson Registration Director



CONTACT CHILD CARE SOLUTIONS phone: 315•446•1220 toll free: 888•729•7290

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2012 A YEAR OF


2013 marks the 38th year that Child Care Solutions has provided Child Care Resource & Referral services for local parents and providers. I’m so proud of the efforts our staff members have made over the years to strengthen child care quality and help parents to access programs that support their children’s healthy development and learning. For all the good that we have accomplished, there is so much still to be done. The quality of child care in our community is uneven, as it is in most US communities. The range of quality stretches from excellent to mediocre to heartbreakingly bad. Some programs have beautiful space, ample materials and well-trained staff while others are in poorly maintained space with few toys and books and staff who are under-educated and who turn over frequently. Access to high quality child care that parents can trust is an issue for families at all economic levels, but especially for those without extended family who earn too much for government assistance and too little to pay for the best care. We know this is important. There’s a large body of research that documents the impact that early relationships and experiences have on children’s future learning and long-term success. Until now, however, investments in early care and learning have been sporadic and inadequate, prioritizing quantity over quality. But two initiatives on the horizon give me hope. On the federal level, President Obama has proposed a far-reaching Early Learning Initiative that will fund a continuum of high-quality early care and education programs that include all the options families and children need: child care, Head Start and PreK. At the State level there is QualitystarsNY, an early childhood quality rating & improvement system designed to encouraged and support quality improvements in programs and to share quality information with child care consumers. These initiatives deserve wide and robust support. This is the right time to look forward to what we can do to create a level playing field for all of our young children. This is the time to celebrate and nurture our little ones so they can become the loving parents and caring, productive citizens of the next generation. Many thanks to all who stand up for children in Onondaga and Cayuga Counties. If you haven’t taken action yet, come join us – the time is right to make early care and education a national, state and local priority.

Peggy Liuzzi Executive Director

The landscape for early childhood development is ever changing. This past February, President Obama sounded the call for preschool education in his State of the Union Address, challenging the nation to “…make sure none of our children start the race of life already behind.” Good words, but words alone won’t bring about change. The late comedian George Carlin once said “I put a dollar in one of those change machines. Nothing changed.” That may be funny but it is also true. Change doesn’t come from money alone; from wishing for change; or asking for change. True change, the kind of change that has an impact on lives, comes from the hard work of dedicated people. It takes a willingness to change, to not accept that what was done before is good enough; that what once worked will always work. The people at Child Care Solutions don’t rest on past success. Every day they challenge themselves to bring about the changes that make a real difference in the lives of children. They constantly seek new and better ways to serve parents and child care providers through better training tools, better program content, better use of technology, and better service to their constituents. They are not just wishing for change, the staff at Child Care Solutions are working to make positive change happen.

John McGraw Board Chair




Child care and early learning in our community, state and country is not equal for all of our youngest citizens. Child Care Solutions works every day to promote early learning, healthy development & high quality child care for ALL CHILDREN through education, advocacy & support for families & early childhood professionals. We are a powerful voice for children because we know that: •

ALL CHILDREN deserve high quality care and learning experiences; but not ALL CHILDREN receive them. • ALL CHILDREN have the right to secure, trusting, nurturing relationships with adults; but not ALL CHILDREN have them. • ALL CHILDREN must have their physical, emotional and social needs met to develop to their fullest potential; but not ALL CHILDREN get them met.

ALL CHILD CARE IS NOT CREATED EQUAL...There are many programs and child care providers in our community who are providing the kind of care that ALL CHILDREN need and deserve. The truth is however, there is much work to be done on this front.

Many children are spending their days in situations that are less than ideal and sometimes even dangerous. Child Care Solutions wants our community to know that we do everything we can to make sure that ALL CHILDREN are in programs that at least meet minimum health and safety standards. But if we told you that all care is of high quality and ALL CHILDREN are in good situations we would be doing these children a disservice. We can not fix this problem alone. We need more citizens to care about the kind of care that is offered to Central New York’s children and start raising their voices regarding the inequity. Historically, child care has been treated as an afterthought by many business leaders, legislators, and community leaders. Working parents have been left to fend for themselves and piece together child care that ranges from good to bad and everything in between. Unless you are a parent who relies on child care, you probably don’t give it much thought. But the reality is, creating a high quality early care and learning system benefits every citizen, business, organization and community.

IT’S ABOUT THE ECONOMY, BABY...We have always made the argument that high

quality care and education is the right thing to do for children. But it is also the right thing to do for Central New York’s economic future. It is vital that the business and community leaders of our community understand the direct correlation between high quality care and learning and the economy. Child Care Solutions along with Success by Six® brought together business, civic, and religious leaders for a policy breakfast titled “Why Economic Development Starts at Birth.” This breakfast launched our efforts to make early care and learning a regional economic development policy initiative. Business leaders across the country are starting to realize and voice their support for creating a high quality child care system

in the United States. Their reasons are many but ultimately boil down to one common idea. Early care and education is one of the best investments we can make. Return on investment estimates range from $4 to $17 for every $1 spent, on early care and learning, depending on the program. According to researchers some of the most valuable returns are seen through: • • • • •

Increased achievement test scores Decreased rates of being held back in school Decreased placement in special education among lowincome children. Increased high school graduation and Decreased crime and delinquency rates1

Noted economist, Professor James Heckman, (University of Chicago, Nobel Memorial Prize winner in Economics) believes that investing in the early development of children will produce great returns for individuals and communities. These investments will produce better education, health, economic and social outcomes which will save taxpayers money and also increase economic productivity. Everyone wins when we invest, develop and sustain the early development of Central New York’s greatest resource — our people. We know that the foundations for our future doctors, scientists, diplomats, teachers, business leaders, and all citizens are formed in their earliest years. If we make this investment today the future is bright for our region and economy.

THE FIRST 5 YEARS ARE THE MOST CRUCIAL TO DEVELOPMENT...There is an inverse relationship

to the amount of money spent on early care and education programs and the amount of human brain development that occurs. Development in the first five years is unequalled at any other time in life. Language develops, motor skills advance, neurological connections are created, and the foundations for social and emotional development are formed. This knowledge spurs our commitment to creating an early care and learning system that will allow ALL CHILDREN to develop to their fullest potential.

10 1 (Schweinhart, Barnes and Weikart, 1993; Campbell, Ramey, Pungello, Sparling and Miller-Johnson, 2002; Reynolds, Temple, Robertson and Mann, 2001; Galinsky, 2006).

Little Children Need Powerful Friends! If you are interested in learning more about the child care system in Central New York and becoming an advocate for change, please contact us at You can follow our social media sites as well. Together we can create the child care and early learning system all children need and deserve.

Early care and education programs can generate government savings that more than repay their costs and produce returns to society as a whole that outpace most public and private investments.

The longer society waits to intervene in the life cycle of an at-risk child, the more costly it is to remediate disadvantage. Later remediation for early disadvantage is possible, but to attain what is accomplished by early investment is much more costly.

We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today. ~ Stacia Tauscher

(Kilburn, M.R. and Karoly, L.A. (2008). What the Dismal Science Has to Say About Investing in Children. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation)

Heckman, J. (2008). The Case for Investing in Disadvantaged Young Children. In First Focus (Ed.) Big Ideas for Children: Investing in Our Nation’s Future (pp. 49–58). Washington, D.C.: First Focus.

Providing all 20 % of the nation’s 3- and 4-year-old children who live in poverty with a high-quality early childhood program would have a substantial payoff for governments and taxpayers in the future. As those children grow up, costs for remedial and special education, criminal justice, and welfare benefits would decline. Once in the labor force, their incomes would be higher, along with the taxes they would pay back to society. Lynch, R.G. (2004). Exceptional Returns: Economic, Fiscal and Social Benefits of Investment in Early Childhood Development. Washington, D.C.: The Economic Policy



That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way. ~ Doris Lessing


There has long been a misconception that child care is “just babysitting.” We know, however, that child care is so much more than “just babysitting,” and we are changing minds everyday. CHILD CARE PROVIDERS ARE PROFESSIONALS WHO ARE CRITICAL TO THE FUTURE...Brain research shows that 75% of brain growth1 and 85% of intellect, personality and social skills2 develop before children start kindergarten. That means that child care providers play a critical role in the development of our childrens’ futures.

Because this profession is so critical, it needs to be elevated to a more respected status in our community. In order to gain this respect providers need to offer high quality care for all children. But child care providers can’t do this without training, education and support from experts. Members of Child Care Solutions’ Professional Development Team are the experts providers count on to help them elevate their skills, knowledge and quality of care. Our Professional Development team designs training, education, and consulting to meet the demands and needs of the child care providers in our area. Topics range from health & safety to business practices, child development, literacy, behavior, activities, potty training, & more. We also offer a comprehensive Childhood Development Associate (CDA) program. It is important to us to provide training that is not only high quality but also affordable for child care providers. Although child care providers do one of the most import jobs in our community, they are amongst the lowest paid professionals. We help to defray the cost of our training through fundraising and public support.


PARENTS ARE A CHILD’S 1st TEACHER AND CHILD CARE PROVIDERS ARE THE 2nd...A parent’s first concern when choosing child care is always safety. It should be their number one concern, but they also need to know that the child care they choose has lasting effects on the social, emotional, intellectual and physical well being of their children. Our Parent Service Team makes sure that parents who use our services are educated about child care in our community. • • • • • • •

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help parents evaluate child care options. teach parents about the types of care available in our area. educate parents about what high quality child care really looks like. provide referrals to regulated child care providers. inform parents of financial aid available to help pay for child care. provide parenting help & resources through our website & newsletter. provide referrals and education to Spanish speakers.

1 Christopher Wills, The Runaway Brain, 1993. 2 (Purves, Body and Brain, Harvard University Press, 1988, adopted from DW Thompson, On Growth and Form, Cambridge University Press).

521 Professional development classes were offered

1526 Hours of professional development training were offered

2115 Total # of child care providers trained

6122 Total attendance at trainings



Families received child care referrals

2315 # Of families who received referrals fell below 200% of the federal poverty level

1490 Families received child care consulting from our parent services team


Families received intensive consulting from our parent services team


When children feel safe and secure and get lots of individual attention, that is the mark of high quality child care.


Our staff works diligently to make sure that registered programs are meeting not only the minimum health & safety standards set by the state of New York, but also going above and beyond to create high quality environments for all children. Child Care Solutions, under the authority of the Office of Children & Family Services registers, inspects and monitors family child care homes and school age child care centers for health & safety. The registrars at Child Care Solutions promote and enforce compliance with NYS OCFS regulations by providing information, education, resources, and training. They measure compliance with regulations through on-site inspections, and review of application documents. They are available to answer questions about New York State child care regulations and provide support to family child care and school-age programs. We also provide assistance and support for legally-exempt (informal) caregivers. Legally-exempt caregivers provide child care for families receiving subsidies and are exempt from the family child care licensing process by caring for no more than two non-related children fulltime. Child Care Solutions administers the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) for child care providers in our area. This federal program reimburses registered, licensed, and legally exempt child care providers for serving meals and snacks which meet the USDA guidelines to the children in their care. Because child care providers are in a unique position to help shape a lifetime of healthy eating habits we are proud to support this program. Our staff work closely with programs who want to improve the quality of nutrition offered at a critical time in young children’s development. A 2 year grant has allowed us to offer the “Eat Well Play Hard with Day Care Homes” (EWPHDCH) program to family day care providers in Central NY. This program encourages young children and their caregivers to adapt healthy and active lifestyles. It focuses on increasing the consumption of fruits, vegetables, and low-fat milk and dairy products, along with decreasing the amount of time spent at computer screens or watching TV. Our Health Care Consultant, a Registered Nurse, provides education, support and resources on a variety of health and safety issues to child care providers. She offers guidance and training to help providers comply with New York State’s child care regulations regarding medication administration.




Programs used our Health Care Consultancy Service

2294 CACFP claims were submitted and processed by Child Care Solutions





School Age Child Care programs are registered in Onondaga County

Family Child Care programs are registered in Onondaga County

# of children who can be served by these programs

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Total number of inspections of these programs

Total number of inspections with no violations



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Total number of inspections with no violations


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The Economy is CHANGING

2012 Revenue

Despite today’s economic challenges, we fufill our mission with the dedication and perserverance required to improve the quality of child care for the children and parents of CNY.

$3,212,685 Total

Child Care Registration Grant $573,214 Infant-Toddler $128,795 9% 6% 1% 2% 3%

Our funders and donors provide the resources we need to carry out our work. We count on their invaluable support to perform our daily operations and carry out strategic plans. Thanks to our major funders: • • • • • • • •

Child & Adult Food Care Program Grant $1,258,960


United Way Allocation $75,277 5% County Support $52,456

The Allyn Foundation Central New York Community Foundation Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County M&T Bank New York State Office of Children & Family Services New York State Department of Health United Way of Central New York United Way of Cayuga County

Membership, Contributions, Special Events $38,292


Eat Well Play Hard, Second Step, Misc. Grants & Other Income $141,518 Training $215,437

2012 Expenses $3,172,009 Total



Parent Services $430,081 14%


Child Care Registration $564,110 18% 39%


Provider Support & Education $737,938


Child & Adult Food Care Program $1,242,627 23% 23%


Community Outreach, Fundraising, Management & General $197,253







Thanks to support from M&T Bank the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County and the United Way of Cayuga County we were able to launch our “Bottomless Book Bag Program.” This newly-developed literacy support program begins with classroom training for homebased family child care providers on how to use books and activities based on books to support young children’s growing language and literacy skills.

Thanks to support from the Allyn Foundation we were able to produce, print and distribute our Parent Guide to Finding High Quality Child Care. This comprehensive guide is a parent manual for understanding the types of child care available in Central New York. In addition it explains what high quality care looks like. Information on scholarships and affording child care, a checklist for visits and explanations on why high quality child care is essential to healthy development is also included in this guide.

The class is followed by 6 weekly home visits from one of Child Care Solutions’ Professional Development Specialists. At each visit, the provider receives a book bag containing an age-appropriate book plus materials and activities to extend lessons based on the book throughout the children’s day. Activities can include rhyming games, counting and matching, vocabulary building, social skillbuilding, safety lessons and arts and crafts. In the ensuing week, providers are encouraged to read the book and do the activities again with the children and to create their own activities as well. At the next visit, providers receive a new book and a new set of activities.

The Allyn Foundation and ABC Cayuga County also helped us update, print and distribute “Kindergarten...Here We Come.” This guide is designed to help parents and caregivers encourage children as they prepare for kindergarten and to navigate the process of entering school. It offers tips to help children prepare to read, write, do math, and learn. Contained inside is information on entering kindergarten for each school district in Cayuga County.


The Extreme Literacy Make-Over was a contest, co-sponsored by the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County, and Lakeshore Learning. It was designed to help one child care center and one home child care program enrich the literacy environments for the children in their care. Erie Canal Kids, a child care center located in Weedsport was the center winner and Jovan Dunlap owner of Adorable DayCare in Syracuse, was the home child care winner. Both programs received $200.00 worth of materials and 10 hours of assistance from Child Care Solutions. We helped transform the physical space in each program, creating cozy reading corners and developmentally appropriate centers and activities. The winners were chosen based on entries detailing why they wanted a makeover for their program. Jovan’s entry stated, “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. I don’t live in the safest side of Syracuse, but this could be an opportunity to help make a mark on a few fresh minds, hoping there will be a domino effect. I need to let these children know the world is full of open doors of possibilities.”


Be The Change You Want To See In The World -Mahatma Gandhi

If you are ready to start changing the child care system in Central New York, we encourage you to learn more about Child Care Solutions. Please visit us on the web at or call us at 315-446-1220. Together we can make a difference in the lives of the children of Onondaga and Cayuga Counties.

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Child Care Solutions 6724 Thompson Road Syracuse, NY 13211

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Our Mission Child Care Solutions promotes early learning, healthy development and high quality care for all children through education, advocacy and support for families and early childhood professionals. Executive Director Peggy Liuzzi ext. 310 Assistant Director Shannon Gillen ext. 307 Finance Director Mike Ransom ext. 304 Director Professional Development Patricia Beck ext. 309

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6724 Thompson Road Syracuse, NY 13211


M-F 8:30 am-4:30 pm

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Professional Development Coordinator Patti Sofranko ext. 312 Health Care Consultant Melody Scanlon ext. 332 Professional Development Specialists Katie Howell ext. 326 Kass Nethercott ext. 336 Tonia Thornton ext. 347

Marketing/Development Director Patrice Robinson ext. 354

Infant/Toddler Region III Coordinator Susan DeCarlo ext. 335

Systems Administrator Pam Borreggine ext. 306

Nutritionist Pat Kuhl ext. 314

Data Specialist Nora Rudewicz ext. 311

Health and Safety Coordinator Rose Walsh ext. 319

Senior Administrative Assistant Linda Mocciaro ext. 315

Parent Services Coordinator Mary Lanno ext. 313

Administrative Team Kay Brown ext. 345 (Accounting Asst) Laura Dixon ext. 301 (Admin. Asst) Suzanne Goodell ext. 401 (Registrar Asst)

Parent Services Specialists Ana Sojo ext. 353 Amie Coffin ext. 320 Mary Marchica ext. 334

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446-1220 446-2010 701-2707 701-1254 729-7290

Director of Provider Services Michelle Wolstenholme ext. 346 Provider Services Specialists Tracey Hare ext. 348 Alexis Hyde ext. 333 Ashley Lenhart ext. 349 Laura Maloney ext. 305 Sara Pastore ext. 352 Diane Thomas ext. 323 Registration Director Beth Henderson ext. 416 Registration Coordinator Siobane Hall ext. 414 Registrars Sue Benjamin ext. 412 Joe Bernazzani ext. 411 Faith Gilliam ext. 405 Selena LaPoint-Dice ext. 430 Casey Miner ext. 436 Becky Oliver ext. 434 Linda Russell Shepherd ext. 438 Janie Wilson ext. 432

Child Care Solutions' Newsletter June-August 2013