About the 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.


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.


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

Parent Services/Referrals
Elizabeth Keenan– Parent Services Manager, 315.782.8475 or 1.800.287.8904

Child & Adult Care Food Program & Legally Exempt Information (Jefferson & Lewis)
Katie Smith – LE Coordinator/CACFP Manager, ext. 231 

 – CACFP Coordinator/LE Manager, ext. 289 

Provider Services/Training
Emily Cleaver – Provider Services Coordinator, ext. 239
Morgan Knapp, – Infant Toddler Specialist/Trainer, ext. 286 

Susan Gibson, Infant Toddler Specialist/Trainer, ext. 286

Sarah Reif – Provider Services Manager, ext. 230

Shawnea Hull, Child Care Business Specialist, ext. 281

Jessica Behnken, Next Level Coordinator, ext. 253

Registration (for Family Day Care Homes and School-Aged Child Care Programs)
Samantha Rennie – Registration Supervisor, ext 229
Christine Vogt – Registration Specialist, ext. 279
Taylor Rushing – Registrar, ext. 311

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.

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.

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.

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.

Vroom is a non-profit initiative tool for connecting parents with activities they can use with their children to foster brain development.