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Resources & Links   
 

Child Care Information 

St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services  
Day Care Subsidies are issued to low income families and Temporary Assistance recipients to enable them to afford child care and continue employment. 
 
New York State Office of Children and Family Services 
provides a range of resources to help parents with their child care needs, people who want to start or are currently running child care programs, and anyone with a concern about the health or safety of a child in a day care program.   

Early Intervention 

The St. Lawrence County Public Health Department Early Intervention Program 
To support and promote the development of those infants and toddlers who have special needs related to developmental delays and to enhance the capacity of their families to meet their needs.
 
St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES – Beginning Years Program    
The Beginning Years Program provides evaluations and services to children ages birth to 5 years old who have developmental delays.  The Beginning Years Program is sponsored by St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES and is approved by the New York State Education Department.
 

Medical Resources

Community Health Center of the North Country                                                              Community Health Center of the North Country (CHCNC) has sites located in St. Lawrence, Franklin and Jefferson Counties. Our health center provides affordable, high quality health care to people of any age, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, and national origin, regardless of their health insurance status or ability to pay.  We pride ourselves in acting as a safety net for those without health insurance or for those who are under-insured. To accommodate those who are uninsured or under insured, we offer a sliding fee scale for most of our services based on the patient's family size and income.
 
Sprouting Families Doula Services
Desiree Roddy, Certified Doula
A doula is many things:
  • ​An educator of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum options.
  • A supporter of growing families.
  • An advocate for evidence based practices surrounding pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum.
​A doula educates, supports, and advocates by:
  • Providing classes that include but are not limited to; Exercise, wellness, and nutrition during pregnancy and postpartum, family education, breastfeeding, childbirth information and preparation, and newborn care.
  • A doula supports growing families in many tangible ways throughout their journey by; Teaching coping techniques to the birth partner, during pregnancy, to be used during labor and delivery. Using different coping mechanisms during labor and delivery, such as massage and breathing strategies, to help facilitate an optimal outcome for mother and baby. Cares for the birth partner and keeps them hydrated and calm as they help the birthing mother on her birth journey. Assists with breastfeeding. Provides in home postpartum care to ease the transition of adding a new member to the family.
  • A doula advocates for families by sharing evidence based practices so that families may make informed decisions surrounding pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period.

National Associations 

Child Care Aware of America   
is our nation's leading voice for child care. They work with more than 600 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies nationwide to help ensure that all families in the United States have access to quality, affordable child care.
 
Child Care Aware   
helps families learn more about the elements of quality child care and how to locate programs in their communities. Child Care Aware® also provides child care providers with access to resources for their child care programs and gives parents referrals to local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies where they can receive individualized assistance. 
 
The National Association for the Education of Young Children   
(NAEYC) is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8. 
 
The National Association for Family Child Care 
is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care.   
 
The National Aftershool Association's  
mission is to be the leading voice for afterschool profession dedicated to the development, education and care of children and youth during their out-of-school hours.             
 

State Associations

                                                                                                                                                                   http://stlawrencechildcare.org/photos/custom/earlycare.jpgThe Early Care & Learning Council  
is a statewide organization that works to increase the quality, affordability and capacity of the early care and learning field and does so through training and technical assistance, data management and advocacy initiatives. Our programs are provided to and in partnership with our network of local Child Care Resource & Referral programs across New York State. 
 
The Family Child Care Association of New York State, Inc.  
(FCCANYS) is a non-profit, professional statewide organization dedicated to supporting family child care providers and associations. Members include advocates of quality childcare providers, parents, and agency staff.
 
The New York State Association for the Education of Young Children  
(NYSAEYC) is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8.   

Training Scholarships  

​​The Early Childhood Education and Training Program is funded by the New York State Office of Family Services. The following scholarships are available:  

 The Educational Incentive Program (EIP) is a scholarship program funded by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (NYS OCFS). Its purpose is to assist child care providers in paying for the professional development training and education they need to provide quality care to children.

The MAT Rebate Program is for day care facilities to offset the cost of the training to certify staff to administer medication in a child care setting.

The Health and Safety Rebate offsets the cost of obtaining Health and Safety training which is required for first time licensed or registered family or group family daycare providers.       

Health Information

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a resource for credible health information.            

Responding to influenza guidance for childcare providers and schools from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.              

Flu vaccination clinic finder from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH).            

Flu Communications Toolkit for child care and early childcare programs from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.                  

Vaccine Education Center from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.              

CDC childcare provider resources for vaccine conversations with parents.              

Vaccine Safety information for parents from the CDC.              

The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) works to increase immunization rates and prevent disease by creating and distributing educational materials for health professionals and the public that enhance the delivery of safe and effective immunization services.                

Nutrition

The USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program plays a vital role in improving the quality of child care and making it more affordable for many low-income families. Click here to find out more about the Food Program available through SCCCCC.               

From breastfeeding to solid foods the KidsHealth site provides information about feeding your baby. Additional resources about a wealth of topics are also available.               

The New York State Department of Health webpage dedicated to promoting breastfeeding and providing information and resources about breastfeeding             

Breastfeeding Partners.Org is the home of the most up-to-date breastfeeding information and the only place designed specifically for breastfeeding peer counselors.  
            

Resources for Parents            

The NYS State Parenting Education Partnership's mission is to enhance parenting skills, knowledge, and behavior through a strong, statewide network that promotes and improves parenting education.  

Child Care Aware Parent Network is a community of parents dedicated to improving the quality of child care for all children.  Resources include free webinars, e-new letters, and public policy information.  

Safety Information

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction.               

The American Red Cross is dedicated to helping make families, communities and workplaces safer at home and around the world.          

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration seeks to ensure that all children ages 0-16 are properly restrained in the correct restraint system for their age and size every time they travel in a motor vehicle.          
     

Tax Center- IRS Child Care            

The Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center provides general small business information useful in all industries and professions. It includes links to small business products, employment taxes, electronic filing and paying, taxpayer burden reduction, abusive tax avoidance transactions, and many other topics.

The Child Care Tax Center includes links to tax forms used by child care providers, an audit guide, and information about tax issues specific to child care providers such as business use of your home, expenses issues, depreciation, and the Child Adult Care Food Program reimbursements(CACFP).                      

Child Care Provider Recognition  

The Council for Professional Recognition 
promotes improved performance and recognition of professionals in the early childhood education of children aged birth to 5 years old.    
 
Recognizing the need to raise the status and visibility of quality child care, the Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation (TLLCCF) created the Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s TYLENOL® National Child Care Teacher Awards™. These awards acknowledge the critical role of child care teachers in providing quality early care and education.             

Provider Appreciation Day is a special day to recognize child care providers, teachers and educators of young children everywhere.      

More Useful Links  

AfterSchoolPRO 
the newest resource for after-school and out-of-school time professionals.  
 
Cornell Cooperative Extension
is a key outreach system of Cornell University with a strong public mission and an extensive local presence that is responsive to needs in New York communities. This link to the ST. Lawrence County Extension office includes information about nutrition and financial education, parenting, 4-H and current environment concerns.             
 
Health and Safety Resources 
for Early and School-age Care and Education    
 
Search Public Registry of Sex Offenders 
link to the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services to search the public registry of sex offenders by last name, county or zip code.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
The Office of Children and Family Services website has a wealth of information to help keep children safe from abuse and maltreatment. 
 
Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-342-3720 TDD/TTY: 1-800-638-5163 
If you believe that a child is in immediate danger, call 911 or your local police department.   

 
Polly Klaas Child Safety Kit:   

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Designed for parents, professionals, community leaders, and those who serve children and youth this website offers a collection of resources focusing on contemporary family issues.  

If you have questions about Resources & Links contact Dee Burlingame at (315) 393-6474 Ext. 14