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Join the Capital District Child Care Council at the City of Albany's Summer Youth Activities Fair!
Friday, May 15, 2:00 - 7:00 pm at the Capital South Campus Center, 20 Warren St., Albany

Learn about free and low-cost summer programs and activities for children and teens. Albany area summer camps and programs will be on-hand to talk with you and register your child to attend! Instant admissions to empower your child's future!

While you're there, you can take a personal tour of the Capital South Campus Center, meet the staff and learn about class offerings for adults from local colleges, universities, and community organizations. Instant admissions to empower your future!

There will be free food, games, music and more!

Download the Summer Youth Activities Flyer

Download the Capital South Campus Center's Instant Admissions flyer

Take the Annual Survey

To better serve you, the Child Care Community, and to better reflect the state of Child Care in the Capital Region, the Child Care Council is once again collecting information for the annual Picture of Child Care. As always, all information collected is kept confidential. Please respond to all survey questions as written and answer as accurately as possible. If the answer choices do not match your program, please choose the response that best describes your program, or leave the question blank. All completed surveys will be entered to win a $50 Hannaford gift card. Please complete the survey ONCE per child care program. >Click here to take the survey

Extras! from the March - Aril 2015 Newsletter

>Click here to see the Seed Starting Calendar referenced in the article, "Start Your Seeds Now with thes Tips From Farm to Preschool" on page 3. Source: johnnyseeds >Click here to download the Movement Cue Card pictured in the article "A Music Activity From Eat Well Play Hard" on page 10. Source: Child and Adult Care Food Program and the NYS DOH

Popular Evenflo child seat recalled for problematic buckle

About 202,000 child seats by the company Evenflo are being recalled for an issue that might cause difficulty in quickly releasing the buckle-and thus, removing the child. The recall potentially affects 202,346 'Embrace 35' rear-facing child seats from the brand made from December 2011 through May 2013. In the affected seats, the buckle could become difficult to unlatch, due to exposure to “contaminants, like food and drink,” the manufacturer explains. Read more...
Sam's Club recalls 'Simply Right' baby wipes due to potentially harmful bacteria Sam's Club stopped selling the wipes after the manufacturer, Nutek Disposables, Inc., found that the packages have B. cepacia bacteria. According to Sam's Club, the bacteria could make children with chronic health problems or a weakened immune system more susceptible to infections. Read more...

What Do I need to Know About Enterovirus D-68?

Enterovirus is a common cause of respiratory illness, but the EV-D68 strain is less common. Like other respiratory illnesses, EV-D68 is spread through coughing, sneezing, or by touching a contaminated surface. Infants, children and teenagers are at the most risk of exposure to infection and becoming ill with the virus. Children with respiratory issues are at a higher risk for severe symptoms and adults are more likely to have mild or no symptoms.

Follow these Centers for Disease Control precautions to reduce the risk of getting and spreading Enterovirus-D68

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Seek medical advice if you are having any breathing difficulties.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding Enterovirus D-68

New York State Department of Health Confirms Statewide Spread of Enterovirus-D68 In New York

Click here for the CDC's printable infographic on prevention steps.

Healthy Snacks and Meals!

We have compiled our favorite recipes in this booklet to provide you with healthy, kid-friendly, low-cost meal and snack ideas. These recipes have been tested by many parents, preschoolers and staff in many local child care centers. Carrot Spice Recipe (page 9) shared on WNYT on September 16! >>Get the cookbook

Will Your Child be 5 by December 1st 2014?

Register for Kindergarten TODAY! >Click here to see the full list of required documents (PDF) - This flyer also contains information specific to Kindergarten registration for the City School DIstrict of Albany. To search for information regarding other Capital Region School Districts, GOOGLE "kindergarten registration, capital district, ny"

Help us Shape a Better Future for Children

The Capital District Child Care Council is developing our strategic plan for 2015-2020 and we are looking to you for input to our process.  Please take a few moments to respond to the survey questions by clicking on the following link or copying it into your internet search field: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3MCHTGR Or, print and mail your completed survey to:   Child Care Council/Survey 91 Broadway Menands, NY 12204 We value your input! Please fill out the survey no later than July 18, 2014.   This survey is being administered by an independent nonprofit advisor. Responses are anonymous and confidential, and will only be presented in aggregate.
Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts to help us shape a better future for children.  Our plan will be available to you by the end of 2014.

Apply for a classroom makeover! The Council is seeking applications from child care programs to participate in the DIY You Tube series, "Make a Difference: One Play Space at a Time."

Apply to be the classroom we makeover in the next episode of "Make a DIfference: One Play Space at a Time." One classroom will be chosen. Application deadline is July 30. >Click here to download the application (PDF) Watch the one that started it all...

New Regulations Go Into Effect May 1, 2014

The new Family and Group Family child care regulations are available for viewing on the NYS Office of Children and Family Services and will go into effect this Thursday, May 1, 2014.  Are you ready? To help in the preparation for the launch of the new regulations, the Council has prepared a "Checklist for May 1." The checklist contains a concise review of what to look for in anticipation of the new regulations. This is not an exhaustive list and any questions about registration compliance should be directed to your licensor or registrar. Download the Checklist

Pool Noodle Art

Building with pool noodles gives children a natural opportunity to practice problem solving using basic engineering concepts and allows children to have independent thoughts and actions as they conduct their experiments. Download the pool Noodle Art tipsheet

Learning with Matroyshka (Russian Nesting Dolls)

The Matryoshka or Russian nesting doll is one of the most popular and endearing examples of Russian folk art.  The first Russian Nesting Dolls were crafted over 100 years ago by skilled craftsmen devoted to the production and preservation of peasant folk toys and dolls dressed in regional costumes.
In Russian, Matryoshka is derived from the word mother. At the time the first dolls were made Matrena or Matreshka was among the most popular names for Russian girls.  It's not surprising then that many of the first Matryoshka dolls utilized the image of a chubby checked mother or grandmother on the outside doll with the likenesses of her numerous children painted on the smaller, nested inner dolls. Download full set of Learning with Matroyshka materials (PDF)

Kitchen Concoction Recipes as seen on WNYT's Live at Noon, December 17, 2013

Basic Playdough:
  • Combine 2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, and 2 tablespoons vegetable oil.
  • Gradually add 1 cup hot/boiling water colored with 5 or 6 drops of food coloring. 
  • Stir and knead. 
  • Keep in plastic bag or covered container for approx. 2 to 4 weeks. 
  • This is not a good dough for hardening objects.
  • Combine 1 cup of water with 1.5 to 2 cups of cornstarch.
  • When you get close to adding the 1.5 cups of cornstarch, slow down and add cornstarch slowly, mixing by hand. The goal is to create a mixture that is both liquid and solid.
  • Optional: Add a few drops of food coloring and mix
Gelatin Cake
  • Sprinkle and wisk together 1 cup of hot/boiling water for each packet of gelatin needed to fit your mold. (adding slowly while wisking will help reduce clumps)
  • Pour gelatine mixture into mold of choice (cake pan, bundt pan, bucket, bowl)
  • Place in refridgerator to set.
  • Once the gelatine is set, turn out onto a tray or cookie sheet. Use pipettes, straws, fingers, spoons and other tools to "inject" colored water into mold. Play!
More recipes: http://www.wessland.com/early_childhood_art_recipes.htm#Top of Page