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.
- Take ‘Foundations of Health & Safety’ training online for FREE
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New federally required child care training due by 9/30/17
By now you should have received an important ‘Dear Provider letter’ from OCFS about a new federally mandated training requirement that must be completed by September 30, 2017. Please see below for links. ALL individuals (including on-site providers and assistants) working in early learning and care settings – family, group family, legally-exempt, and centers – will need to complete the new training called ‘Foundations in Health and Safety’ before September 30, 2017.
OCFS developed this course to satisfy new federal standards that states are required to meet as a result of the Child Care Development Block Grant Re-authorization Bill passed by the U.S. Congress in 2014. The course is available online – at no cost to you – through SUNY Professional Development Program.
It is a self-directed; 5 hour web-based training is available to you and your staff members at any time – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The web application will save your progress and allow you up to 30 days to complete the entire course.
The course will soon be offered in Spanish and Mandarin. If you have questions, give us a call at 877-483-CSEA (2732). We encourage you to get started soon so that you will be in compliance when this new regulation rolls out!
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- Important information about CSEA/VOICE Professional Development Programs
We are in the process of renewing our contracts with OCFS/NYS. This year, the state budget process is more complicated due to anticipated changes in the federal budget. As a result, NYS will be putting a hold on all contracts – including CSEA’s Professional Development Contract.
Until our contract is finalized, the CSEA WORK Institute will need to close the Professional Development program portals beginning Friday, March 31, 2017 at 5 p.m. We will be working to get our Professional Development program portals opened back up as soon as we are able. These programs are very important to all of us. That’s why the CSEA/VOICE members on the negotiating team made them a priority in our agreements with OCFS and NYS.
Call the Child Care Resource Center 877-483-2732 with any questions you may have about our Professional Development Programs. We will also post updates to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/cseavoice as we receive them. Thank you for working with us through this administrative challenge.
- Provider Appreciation Day is May 12, 2017!
The History of Provider Appreciation Day goes back to 1996, in New Jersey. A group of volunteers saw the need to recognize the tireless efforts of providers. Year to year, celebrations and support have grown to include recognition by advocates, organizations and government agencies across the country with proclamations signed by many state governors, including our own. For more information on National Provider Appreciation Day visit www.providerappreciationday.com.
Check out this super cute “Anatomy of a Child Care Provider” poster. Kudos to OCFS for hitting the nail on the head!
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Provider Appreciation Day falls the Friday before Mothers Day each year, with this year celebrated on May 12, 2017.
- CSEA/VOICE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING PROGRAM
Get state approved training to meet registration/licensing requirements AT NO COST TO YOU with participating training organizations by using the CSEA/VOICE Professional Development Training Program. Many child care training topics and hours, delivered by participating training organizations are available.
This opportunity is funded by the Professional Development dollars that CSEA/VOICE negotiated in our second union agreement with NYS and OCFS.
*How to Use this Program *
1. Receive a CSEA/VOICE Professional Development Training Payment Code by going to: https://csealearningcenter.org/grants/cseaprofdev.cfm and selecting a participating training organization.
2. Have your course name, course number and number of training hours available to enter to receive your payment code.
3. Contact the participating training organization directly to REGISTER and provide your CSEA/VOICE Payment Code. You should have no out-of-pocket expense when using a participating provider.
For more information contact Diane Medick at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 518-782-4426 or 855-472-6848 (toll-free). For more information about CSEA/VOICE call ourBi-lingual Child Care Resource Center at 877-483-CSEA (2732).
- 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 NYS Registered Family or Licensed Group Family childcare providers outside of New York City taking credit-bearing coursework leading to an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Early Care Education or coursework toward a Child Development Associate Credential (CDA).
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. The tuition assistance program provides up to four such vouchers or reimbursements, or any combination 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.
- 2016-2017 CSEA/VOICE (CDA) Scholarship Program (Child Development Associate Credential)
CSEA/VOICE is pleased to announce that a CDA Scholarship program, negotiated in our second union contract, is available to all NYS Registered Family or Licensed Group Family childcare provider outside of New York City.
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 payment code or you can pay for it and be reimbursed up to $3,000.
Applications will be accepted through March 31, 2017. You may receive a CSEA/VOICE CDA payment code by clicking on the link below and selecting a participating training provider or submit a CSEA/VOICE CDA reimbursement form for reimbursement of eligible expenses.
If you have any additional questions, please call the CSEA WORK Institute at 866-478-5548. You can find the application to download and print, below.
- 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:
CSEA/VOICE encouraged participation of our members and OCFS received comments until September 12, 2016.
- New Market Rates
Please read the following Local Commissioners Memorandum. It advises the local departments of social services of the regulations adoptions related to market rates and the max reimbursements for child care subsidies: Local Commissioners Memorandum
The 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
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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.