Thanks to our Sponsors for another great Playdate in the Park!

Many thanks to our incredible sponsors for Playdate in the Park 2017. It is due to their generosity that we could offer an afternoon of food, fun, and the gift of a beautiful day at Stewart Park for FREE for our community. We offer a special shout-out to the Tourism Bureau, City of Ithaca Carousel Operators, Tina Snyder and Cornell … Read More

WOYC (Week of the Young Child) Celebrations

Here at the Council we’re gearing up with great excitement for the national Week of the Young Child™ – which includes planting pinwheels and raising awareness throughout April for Child Abuse Prevention Month, Kidsville and Earth Day in Cortland on Apr 22, a visit from Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick on Apr 26, and toddler story times in libraries throughout the … Read More

Cavity Free Kids

Child Development Council has been training child care providers on the use of the Cavity Free Kids curriculum since 2014. Cavity Free Kids is a research-based and developmentally appropriate curriculum that teaches children and parents about oral health and lifelong healthy habits.  In 2016 we received a grant to provide training and support services for Cavity Free Kids.  As part … Read More

Kendal Gives Thanks

The Child Development Council was one of two nonprofit recipients of the “Kendal Gives Thanks” donation given annually from the residents of Kendal at Ithaca. Our CEO, Sue Dale-Hall was on hand to receive the award (in the amount of $9,250).  The other recipient present was: Natasha R. Thompson (President and CEO, Foodbank of the Southern Tier). George Ferrari (CEO, … Read More

Kidsville and Earth Day Celebrations

The Child Development Council would like to invite young children and their families to Kidsville on Saturday, April 22nd from 10 am – 1 pm in the Cortland Grange Building Auditorium, 100 Grange Place.  Kidsville is a free children’s fair which will take place during the Week of the Young Child.  There will be approximately 25 stations to visit, hosted … Read More

Random Acts of Kindness… and Intentional Ones Too

ITHACA, N.Y. (18 NEWS) – Monday begins Random Acts of Kindness Week, a national effort to get people thinking about giving back. The Child Development Council of Tompkins and Cortland Counties is looking to get people involved both this week and beyond. “The national Random Act of Kindness Week which launches this week and runs through the end of the week is … Read More

CEO Announces 50th Anniversary Campaign & Celebration Manager

Ithaca, NY. – Sue Dale-Hall, CEO of the Child Development Council, today announced that Michelle Courtney Berry has been named to the newly-created, temporary, part-time position of 50th Anniversary Campaign and Celebration Manager.  Berry is a business owner and former elected official who has been a member of the faculty and guest lecturer teaching marketing, public relations, media relations and ethics to undergraduate and … Read More

Parents Share Child Care Experiences

Child Care is Early Childhood Education It introduces young children to opportunities to learn and grow alongside of peers.  It is vital for parents to work and study. There are 3,000 children in child care in Tompkins County and 1,150 in Cortland County. All child care is not created equal.  It’s in homes, centers, at schools, and community places.  The … Read More