We are CSEA/VOICE: a union made up of and working for family childcare providers from across New York State, organizing for power to take on challenges facing us and the children and families we serve.
- Gov. Announces Emergency Regulations for Child Care
The NYS Office of Children and Family Services posted a new emergency regulation to improve the safety and accountability of child care programs in New York State. The regulations define the conditions under which the state may revoke or suspend a provider’s licenses and increase penalties for serious violations of child care health and safety standards and expanding enforcement for illegally operating child care programs. To read the regulation and information about it, click on this link:
OCFS will receive comments until September 12, 2016. They may be submitted electronically to the following email address: email@example.com. Or, they may be submitted by mail to the following address: Public Information Office, New York State Office of Children and Family Services, 52 Washington Street, Rensselaer, New York 12144. Please include the following description in the subject line of an email or heading of a letter: ‘Child Care Safety Regulations’.
- New Market Rates
This OCFS comment period on the new market rates has ended but please be sure to read the following new market rate regulations. Please click on the link “Regulations”. This will bring up a Word document with the new market rate regulations:
Go to this link to see the Market Rates for your area: http://docs.dos.ny.gov/info/register/2016/june15/pdf/rulemaking.pdf
Click here to learn more…
Market rate changes explained.
We are here to help. If you would like assistance or have questions, call us at 877-483-2732 or contact Ed, Bonnie or Wendy – your Early Learning and Care Representatives.
- Westchester Chapter fights to fix subsidy payment issues
7/26/16 UPDATE: CSEA/VOICE Local 100A and CSEA Southern Region President Billy Riccaldo joined by the Child Care Council met again this morning with the Board of Legislators and DSS Commissioner, Kevin McGuire to move forward on fixing the subsidy payment issues for providers, including back pay owed to providers due to County error in rates. Chairman Boykin suggested creating a special workgroup to convene in the coming weeks.
CSEA/VOICE recently spoke out about the late and inaccurate subsidy payments that have been causing hardship for providers in Westchester County in the press. Here is a story which aired on Fios 1-TV. Our very own Cynthia Bolding, Westchester Chapter Representative, is featured in the story. Other stories ran in the Lower Hudson Valley media market as well. Interestingly, within hours after the FIos story aired, the Social Services Commissioner RSVP’d his attendance for the 7/26 meeting.
- The 2016 Child Care Quality Grant Program is Here! The application period is now closed. Please stay tuned for the next offering.CSEA is pleased to invite you to apply for the CSEA Child Care Quality Grant program for Child Care Providers. CSEA and WORK Institute staff is here to assist you. If you have any questions, about our new agreement with OCFS call our toll-free Child Care Resource Center at (877) 483-CSEA (2732). If you have a rebate question, contact CSEA WORK Institute at (855) 472-6848 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.The work you do each and every day keeps New York parents earning and children learning. I wish you the best in the coming year.
You are eligible if:
- You live outside NYC and are a New York State Registered Family OR a Licensed Group Family OR an Enrolled Legally-Exempt child care provider.
CSEA is pleased to invite you to apply for a CSEA Child Care Quality Grant (CCQG). This program, negotiated in our second CSEA/VOICE contract, provides a grant up to $500 to New York State registered family, licensed group family, and eligible enrolled legally-exempt child care providers outside of New York City. The grants may be used to purchase equipment and supplies, health and safety items, CPR and First Aid or to cover operating expenses related to licensure or renewal.
For fastest processing click the “Apply Online” button below. Please make sure to check that you have completed all sections.
- CPR/First Aid Training Program
CSEA/VOICE is covering the cost for CPR/First Aid training in your area. There is no cost to registered, licensed and legally-exempt child care providers, their staff and substitutes. This is paid for by the professional development funds negotiated for in our second union contract.
Providers; find a training near you at http://voicecsea.org/events/
If you or any one you know don’t see a class scheduled in your areas but are interested in bringing a CPR/First Aid training to your area, then download and fill out the Training Request Form. The training requires a minimum of seven participants.
You can email the Training Request Form to email@example.com; fax it to (518)782-4429 or mail it to CSEA WORK Institute 1 Lear Jet Lane Latham, NY 12110, Attn: Jessie. If you have any further questions, call toll free at 1-855-472-6848 and ask for Jessie.
- 2016-2017 CSEA/VOICE Tuition Assistance Program
CSEA/VOICE is pleased to announce that a tuition assistance program, negotiated in our second union contract, is once again available to all child care providers living outside New York City taking credit-bearing coursework leading to a Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) or an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Early Care Education.
There are two ways to take advantage of this exciting new program. You can either have CSEA/VOICE pay the participating education institution directly via voucher or you can pay for it and be reimbursed up to $275 per credit hour for courses up to four credits. Only reimbursement may be used at accredited institutions not listed in the catalog. The tuition assistance program provides up to two such vouchers or reimbursements, or one of each.
Applications will be accepted through March 31, 2017. All fees and expenses other than tuition are your responsibility…read more.
The CSEA WORK Institute is administering this program in collaboration with the New York State and CSEA Partnership for Education and Training. If you have any additional questions, please call the CSEA WORK Institute at 866-478-5548. You can find the applications to download and print, below.
- CSEA/VOICE to Officials: ‘slots at risk if no added funding’
Fran Turner, CSEA Legislative and Political Action Director, recently testified at a public hearing hosted by the NYS Assembly Committee on Children and Families. The subject was “Child Care Assistance for Low-Income Families” – specifically focusing on how implementing the federal child care block grant (CCDBG) re-authorization will impact child care subsidies in New York. New federal requirements include FBI background clearances and fingerprints; annual health and safety training in ten topic areas, including First Aid/CPR for all child care workers;and extending parent eligibility from six to 12 months.
Turner and the other ten child care advocates who testified, all spoke to the urgent need for New York to increase its investment in child care subsidies. Without a substantial increase in child care spending in this year’s budget, the cost to implement the new federal requirements will drastically cut the number of children and families receiving child care subsidies.
OCFS is required to submit an implementation plan to the federal government. It will release its CCDF plan to the federal government by March 1. Before then, we will have opportunities to testify at public hearings in mid-January (NYC, Rochester, Albany) and to submit written comments. We anticipate that NYS will have to make additional changes through legislation and regulation to comply with the new federal standards.
Before the year ends, the federal government will pass a budget that includes $326 million for the Child Care Development Block Grant – the funds that are allocated to states for child care subsidies. Although this is the largest increase in CCDBG funding in 15 years, it is not nearly enough to cover the costs to states to implement the new federal standards. We anticipate that New York’s share from this year’s CCDBG allocation will be about 14.6 million – far less than the $200 million we estimate the cost to be.
We will keep you updated on state and federal CCDBG policy and funding.
- Monroe County Payment Issue: Union action yields solid relationships and mounting pressure
Union strength and solidarity in action by CSEA/VOICE Monroe County Chapter members is yielding a solid, productive relationship with the Department of Human Services and mounting pressure on Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and the Legislature to do what is right to fix child care subsidy payment problems.
A full update will be printed in the next edition of the CSEA/VOICE Work Force newspaper.
Read and watch the latest clips of CSEA/VOICE working to solve the subsidy payment issue in the news and browse pictures from the latest meetings and actions via the links below:
Photos from the July 7 action on subsidy payments
The story that launched it all:
7/8/15 Daycare providers: Monroe County must provide subsides on time
Photos from the rescheduled July 28th meeting with DHS
VOICE/CSEA continues the conversation toward real solutions:
8/10/15 Daycares frustrated over county payments
Community leaders step in to voice their support for providers and mount additional pressure on County Executive and Legislature:
8/11/15 End late payments to child care providers
8/11/15 Frankel decries late county day care payments
- VOICE/CSEA calls for end to late payments and late decision notices in Monroe County
VOICE/CSEA child care providers from Monroe County, parents and community members met Tuesday to discuss how late and short payments have adversely affected child care programs. County officials canceled shortly before the meeting was to begin.
CSEA has long promoted access to quality child care as one the most important investments our communities can make toward breaking the cycle of poverty and giving struggling families a leg up.
“We’re disappointed that county officials didn’t show up, but we look forward to scheduling another meeting with them where providers and parents can have a voice,” CSEA Western Region President Flo Tripi said.
WATCH WROC-TV8 VIDEO COVERAGE: Daycare providers: Monroe County must provide subsidy payments on time