COVID-19 Services and Resources

Visit our COVID-19 page to learn more about our current services, local, state and federal resources.

Support is just a call away

Our Warm Line is a free, confidential and anonymous telephone guidance service for parents and child care providers. Call us at 607-273-0259. Being a parent or caregiver is challenging. Remote work and isolation can push us to our limits. Child Development Council staff is here to listen and help you find solutions to questions about child development, behavior, how to positively discipline … Read More

Provider Roundtables: COVID19 Support for FDC/GFDC

On-going weekly support session for FDC and GFDC providers who have closed due to COVID-19 and for those who remain open. Opportunity to discuss concerns and strategies for operating your business. How is the cost of care at your program impacted by procedural changes recommended to best assure the health and safety of children you care for and their families? … Read More

Council Celebrates Week of the Young Child!

Dear Community, During these trying times, it’s important to take joy in the little things- and little beings! The Week of the Young Child celebrates early learning, young children, their teachers, families and communities. The Child Development Council is offering daily story times this week to celebrate the joys of early childhood. Stories can be viewed on our YouTube channel at: and from … Read More

A Note to the community about Informal Child Care

The current situation in our community highlights the value of child care providers. Their work is a vital piece of community infrastructure. Our public health experts are advocating children be kept out of large groups at this time. With many child care programs closing, we recognize the community is scrambling to find alternative child care arrangements. For the health and … Read More

Summer Camp Scholarship Meeting – 3/11/20

Join us March 11th from 9:00am-10:30am at the Ithaca Youth Bureau – 1 James L. Gibbs Dr. Ithaca, for our annual Summer Camp Meeting. This meeting is for Summer Camp programs that operate with Health Department permits and also enroll children who receive Department of Social Services (DSS) subsidy funds. There are new requirements for Legally Exempt Group enrollments that … Read More

Child Care Providers Needed

Child Care Providers are needed in both Tompkins and Cortland Counties! We are here to help. Call us at (607)273-0259 or come to one of our monthly Become a Provider sessions to find out more. Monthly sessions are posted on our training page, along with a registration link at

We’re Hiring a Program/Administrative Assistant

The Child Development Council is hiring a full time (35 hours) Administrative Assistant. We’re seeking a friendly, dynamic individual to provide technology support and database management in addition to general office support, including greeting and interacting with visitors, managing phones, mail, and electronic communication via social media, electronic newsletters, and our website. The Administrative Assistant will work in the Ithaca office … Read More