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Rockland County’s Breastfeeding Program and Support logo created by Olga Porumbaro

The County of Rockland and the New York State Department of Health both offer programs that encourage and support breastfeeding, and we are excited to be working with the Rockland County Department of Health to help family/group family child care providers and child care centers in Ramapo and Clarkstown become designated as a “Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Site.” 

We are proud to have worked with the following Rockland County child care centers and homes toward meeting the requirements of the Breastfeeding Friendly designation. Congratulations!

  • Stephanie Acevedo, My Tiny World LLC – Group Family Child Care
  • Andrea Bogin, Campus Fun & Learn Child Development Center, Inc. – Child Care Center
  • Ivett Carrasco, Kids Town – Group Family Child Care
  • Maria Ceci, Rockland Worksite Daycare – Child Care Center
  • Miriam Cohen – Group Family Child Care
  • Johely Cruz, Early Bird Nursery and Child Care – Group Family Child Care
  • Darnett E. Davis, Kidsnett Child Care Program – Child Care Center
  • Jeannine Desir, Jenny's Heavenly Daycare – Group Family Child Care
  • Charmaine Emundson, Charm’s Daycare – Group Family Child Care
  • Merlande U. Francois, Little Sprouts Family Day Care – Group Family Child Care
  • Rosa Garcia – Group Family Child Care
  • Sarah Hirschberg, Darchei Noam Daycare - Group Family Child Care
  • Lorna Levitin – Group Family Child Care
  • Wanda L. McCarthy – Group Family Child Care                 
  • Scheindl Michalowitz, Teacher Mommy Daycare, Inc. - Child Care Center
  • Jamie Naddeo, Bright Beginnings of Rockland, Inc. (New City and Pomona locations) – Group Family Child Care
  • Noelia O’Leary, Nelly’s Nest - Family Child Care
  • Irma Pachter, Mother Gooses House - Group Family Child Care
  • Elsa Sandoval – Group Family Child Care
  • Shaindel L. Spitzer - Group Family Child Care
  • Chaya Tauber, Gan Simcha Day Care Inc. – Group Family Child Care
  • Chana Twersky, Kids in Action NY - Group Family Child Care
  • Clara Ungar – Group Family Child Care
  • Aviva T. Weimer, Kiddie Kingdom – Group Family Child Care
  • Nathalee N. Williams, Interaction Child Care LLC – Group Family Child Care
  • Sophia Zuniga, Sophia's Sandcastle – Group Family Child Care

Success Story

Bright Beginnings of Rockland, Inc.
New City and Pomona, New York 

In 2017, Bright Beginnings proudly earned their Breastfeeding Friendly Designation for both of their child care locations. After receiving several hours of technical assistance from CCRR staff, Jaime Naddeo, owner, created a comfortable space in her infant toddler rooms for breastfeeding mothers.  

"I am so grateful for the training provided by CCRR and for all they did to help me attain this designation. The education we received was invaluable.”   

As a participant in the Creating Breastfeeding Friendly Communities program, Bright Beginnings received educational training and materials; cozy, comfortable chairs, and Boppy pillows - all of which help to support and promote breastfeeding, and greatly enhance the centers' breastfeeding spaces. 

Jaime’s decision to have both of her site recognized as breastfeeding friendly was in line with her commitment to ongoing professional development for herself and her staff. Providing the best care for the children and supporting their families in any way she can is very important to Jaime. Offering a dedicated space for breastfeeding mothers and acquiring the necessary knowledge and tools was another way she could provide that support.  

Through training workshops facilitated by CCRR, Bright Beginnings’ staff and the children’s parents learned all about the health benefits of breastfeeding and the importance of adhering to breastfeeding best practices, such as the proper storage, preparation, and use of pumped breast milk. As the mother of three young children (below) Jaime’s personal interest in breastfeeding also influenced her decision to attain the designation for her child care sites.   


Guide to the Rights of Breastfeeding Employees in NY

The United States Breastfeeding Committee published the Guide to the Rights of Breastfeeding Employees in New York. Representatives from NYSDOH worked the NYSDOL and the NYS Breastfeeding Coalition on this effort, which was funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Would you like more information? Contact Elaine Trotta: 845-425-0009, x421 or  Learn about the Rockland County Breastfeeding Promotion and Support Program and its breastfeeding designation for child care centers.

Human Milk Initiative Educational Written Materials The Neonatal Quality Improvement Collaborative of Massachusetts has some wonderful information on their website and we are glad to share their materials. On their website's materials page, you'll find information on the Importance of Breast Milk; Pumping and Hand Expression; Skin to Skin Care; and Transition to Direct Breastfeeding. When you click on each of those headings you'll find materials available in nine languages!