Jefferson-Lewis Childcare Project

The Jefferson-Lewis Childcare project is the one stop resource for child care needs in the Jefferson and Lewis County areas.  We help parents to locate high-quality child care with our cost-free Child Care Resource and Referral program (CCR&R).  We guide providers through the licensing and registration process.  We assist child care providers by offering education, start-up grants, and quality improvement materials.  In addition, the Jefferson-Lewis Childcare Project administers the Child and Adult Care Food Program for family child care homes and group family child care homes, providing nutrition education and assistance with the USDA reimbursement program. Click on the links to the right to learn more about these services.

Hours of Operation:

Community Action Planning Council makes every effort to serve all members of our community.  If you have needs that cannot be accommodated through our website, please contact us, call 315.782.4900 or visit our office.

Open: Mon – Fri, 8 am-4 pm
Evening Hours: by appointment

Contact the Jefferson-Lewis Childcare Project or reach a member of our staff by calling 315.782.4900 and the extension noted below.

JLCP Staff Directory

Jefferson-Lewis Childcare Project Administration
Cathy Brodeur – Director, ext. 240

Child Care Referrals
Katie Aikanoff – Referral/Parent Services Manager, ext. 253 or 1.800.287.8904

Child & Adult Care Food Program
Vickie Brownell – CACFP Coordinator, ext. 289
Constance Wolfe – CACFP Manager, ext. 306

Provider Services/Training
Angie VanWormer – Provider Services Specialist, ext. 239
Emily Cleaver – Provider Services Coordinator, ext. 237

Registration (for Family Day Care Homes and School-Aged Child Care Programs)
Christine Vogt – Registration Specialist, ext. 279
Samantha Rennie – Registration Manager, ext. 229
Renee Eisel – Registration Coordinator, ext. 230

DSS Subsidy and Legally Exempt Information
Chelsea Scott – LE Enrollment/Subsidy Manager, 315.785.5024

Online Resources:

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) 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.

Child Care Aware® of America  works with more than 600 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to ensure that families in every local community have access to quality, affordable child care. They lead projects that increase the quality and availability of child care, offer comprehensive training to child care professionals, undertake groundbreaking research, and advocate for child care policies that positively impact the lives of children and families.

The 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.

QUALITYstarsNY is a quality rating and improvement system that is designed to increase quality in early learning settings – centers, schools, and homes – throughout the state. New York State is currently developing QUALITYstarsNY to support the efforts of early care and learning programs to improve the quality of their services and to give parents the information they need to make a more informed choice.

Winning Beginning NY is a statewide coalition working to inform policy makers and the public about the many benefits of early care and learning including home visiting, child care and Pre-K. The coalition aims to build a broad-based constituency to make investment in quality early care and learning a top public priority in New York State. 

Zero To Three is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.