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We are CSEA/VOICE: a union made up of and working for family child care providers from across New York State, organizing for power to take on challenges facing us and the children and families we serve.

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  • 2020 Child Care Grant Application Period is OPEN!

     

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    CSEA President, Mary E. Sullivan

    President’s Welcome
    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 agreement with OCFS call our toll-free Child Care Resource Center at (877) 483-CSEA (2732). If you have a grant or program question, contact CSEA WORK Institute by email at grant4u@cseainc.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.  APPLY OR LEARN MORE
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  • NEW! Blended Learning CPR/First Aid & AED Trainings

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    CSEA/VOICE is excited to bring you FREE Blended Online Learning CPR/First Aid & AED trainings with funds negotiated in our latest contract with OCFS and New York State.  The training is a flexible option that can be completed in the comfort of your home with a follow up in-person skills assessment with up to 90 days to complete. It is open to licensed, registered and enrolled child care providers, their staff, substitutes and volunteers requiring certification and/or renewal within 90 days.

     

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  • Provider-Appreciation-Day_5-8-2020

    Today is about you, so let us celebrate.

    As part of my effort to recognize and appreciate each of you, let me start by sharing my gratitude for the love and commitment each of you hold for the children and families in our communities and the unity you share with one another.

    You open your homes and heart each day. You hear “babies whispers” and you know just what to do; you connect, calm, and comfort while still caring for the others over two.

    Over the last couple of months, each of you have been faced with challenges that you have never known before.  You showed courage, by your choice or not, to remain open or even to close your doors.  Often providers go unnoticed, nevertheless, please know, you are a hero for our children, working parents, and to me.

    My hope for you today and always; may you have time to enjoy your most favorite thing to do.  May the love and dedication you share with the children come back double from the families that are fortunate to have you.
    Enjoy your day!

    Pam Wells
    President, CSEA/VOICE Local 100A



     

  • New York Will Apply COVID-19 Relief Funding to Child Care 

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced recently that New York State will apply the federal “CARES Act” coronavirus aid to purchase supplies for child care providers whose programs remain open and provide child care scholarships, to all *essential workers (parents) starting Monday, April 20.

    CARES Provider Supplies Purchasing Program – Child care providers statewide will be able to obtain supplies including masks, gloves, diapers, baby wipes, baby formula and food through this program. Child Care Resource and Referral Councils will receive grants totaling approximately $600 per provider. Providers looking for supplies should contact their CCRR.

    https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/news/article.php?idx=2119

    CARES Child Care Scholarship Parent Application – *Essential workers include first responders such as health care providers, pharmaceutical staff, law enforcement, firefighters, food delivery workers, grocery store employees and others who are needed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Child care costs will be covered with $30 million in federal CARES Act funding to essential staff whose income is less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level – or $78,600 for a family of four – and will be paid up to market rate for each region statewide.

    https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/news/article.php?idx=2119



     

  • COVID TESTING for Providers and Staff

    The Department of Health has changed its protocol for essential workers and COVID19 testing. Child care providers and staff can now be tested at locations across the state simply by calling 1-888-364-3605 or visiting covid19screening.health.ny.gov. 

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  • Small Business Loans and Financial Resources

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    Here are the links to the SBA Loans that are available:

    https://esd.ny.gov/small-business-administration-sba-covid-19-loans

    How to Apply:  Please contact the local SBA District Office or your local small business development center if you are interested in applying for your assistance through these programs.

    The NYS Small Business Development Center network recommends submitting a request for assistance online at http://nyssbdc.org/appointment.html.  You may also find guidance through your local bank.

    Unemployment Insurance for family and group family childcare providers: Use this link to file a claim: https://www.labor.ny.gov/ui/how_to_file_claim.shtm



     

  • Economic Federal Relief Package

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    Please review this UPDATED SUMMARY of the federal relief package that cleared both houses of Congress and was signed by the President. Our international affiliate, AFSCME has prepared this summary specifically for family child care providers. We emailed information to you isolating the pertinent parts of the general report on March 31. This is their dedicated report for child care providers which has additional information.

    UPDATED SUMMARYhttp://voicecsea.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/FCCCARESact-summary1.pdf

    FULL SUMMARY:  http://voicecsea.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/CARES-Act-Summary-PDF.pdf



     

  • 🔻Community Resources🔻

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    Many members have inquired about resources for basic supplies such as hand sanitizer, gloves, toilet paper and even food due to shortages in their communities. Many of the Child Care Councils have compiled lists of agencies, outlets and other sources which may have needed items or services.

    This link goes to a complete listing of all Child Care Councils across the state. Go to their website. Not only do they listings for supplies, they also have important information about the COVID 19 virus and advice on subjects such as “How to talk to Children about the Virus”.

    https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/childcare/referralagencies.asp

    Also, be sure to keep this link to the main news page of the OCFS website handy:  https://ocfs.ny.gov/programs/childcare/


     

  • ALL GATHERINGS SUSPENDED

    CSEA/VOICE Local 100A has suspended all of our upcoming conferences and trainings until further notice due to the coronavirus public health crisis. Rescheduled dates – TBD.
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  • New OCFS Coronavirus Guidance and Resources – 3/27/20

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    OCFS has sent new guidance regarding the novel coronavirus to all child care providers via email – ‘Dear Provider’ letters, Guidance for Parents Seeking Child Care, and a poster for all programs to prominently display (see links below.)

    Please be sure to check your email if you haven’t seen it already for the latest guidance. You can also also find documents posted below for download and printing.

    For any questions about your program and the coronavirus, contact Department of Health. Here is a link to their website: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus.

    Please know this is an evolving situation. Please check back often to remain informed with the latest information.

    Read the latest family child care (FDC/GFDC) focused summary on the federal relief package passed by Congress and signed into law.

    READ – DOWNLOAD – PRINT:
    DEAR PROVIDER LETTER 3-27-20
    DEAR PROVIDER LETTER 3-19-20
    SIGN TO BE POSTED AT ALL CHILD CARE PROGRAMS
    DEAR PROVIDER LETTER 3-11-20
    GUIDANCE FOR PARENTS 3-11-20