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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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  • President Pam Wells Receives CSEA Top Honor

     

    Watch CSEA/VOICE President Pam Wells graciously accept the Danny Donohue Leadership Award at the recent CSEA 110th Annual Delegates Meeting (held virtually). Formerly known as the Mission Achievement Award, it is the union’s highest honor, established to honor member activists who go above and beyond exemplifying the virtues of CSEA’s Mission Statement: Honesty, Inclusiveness, Full Participation, Respect, Diversity, Open Communications, Accountability and Fiscal Responsibility.

    Congratulations to President Wells for this well-deserved honor! 



  • CSEA/VOICE Member Armett Barnes Featured

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    This month’s Grassroots Movement for Child Care and Early Education ECE Organizing Network Quarterly Newsletter features our very own Armett Barnes, a provider in Monroe County. Read about her here!

     



  • Alert! Emergency Regulations

    An emergency regulation is defined by OCFS as “a regulation that has been adopted on an expedited, temporary basis because the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) has determined that it is necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety or general welfare and that it would be contrary to the public interest to delay the adoption to comply with the ordinary process for adopting regulatory proposals.”

    OCFS has adopted new emergency regulations in an effort to adjust to the pandemic environment we currently are working in.

    READ EMERGENCY REGULATIONS HERE: https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/legal/regulatory/er/

    There are three entries pertaining to family, group family and legally exempt child care providers.

    —Notice of Emergency Adoption and Proposed Rulemaking – Amendments of Sections 413 & 415 of Title 18

    —Notice of Emergency Adoption – Amendment of Part 415 of Title 18 of the NYCRR

    —Notice of Emergency Adoption and Proposed Rule Making – Amendment to Parts 414, 415, 416, 417, and Sub-parts 418-1 and 418-2 of Title 18

    Questions? Send an email to voice@cseainc.org



  • “How You Can Survive This” – FREE WEBINAR!

    You can listen to this free webinar titled “How Your Family Child Care Program Can Survive This Financial Crisis” presented by Tom Copeland, the recognized national expert in the business of family child care.  Go to the webinar online!



  • ❗️TAKE ACTION FOR RELIEF NOW❗️*NEW $50 billion CHILD CARE RELIEF BILL ON THE TABLE

     

    FamiliesEarnChildrenLearn [Converted] copyWe must act now! COVID-19 has wrecked our state and local budgets, and we can’t get back on track without federal aid. The child care sector has been devastated by the pandemic. Half of our child care programs have closed. How can families get back to work without child care?

    Thankfully, some leaders in Congress are listening. They introduced the Child Care is Essential Act (HR 7027/S.3874), which would provide $50 billion for child care.

    WE MUST URGE OUR  MEMBERS OF CONGRESS to push for $50 billion to support child care so people like us can keep working and working families can count on our businesses to provide them the quality care they have come to count on.

    A recent survey indicates that without additional federal aid, at least 2 out of 5 child care programs will close permanently. The risk is even greater for minority-owned child care programs, where more than half will close without additional aid.

    LET THEM HEAR US! We need relief NOW!!! 

    CLICK –> https://actionnetwork.org/letters/tell-congress-child-care-providers-need-help-now/

    Click on the link above and write to your members of Congress today, to urge them to support this aid. Use the suggested letter or tailor your message to be personal. Whichever way you choose, be sure to urge them to act immediately on a relief package that provides states, counties, cities and towns with needed aid to ensure essential services can continue, including keeping child care programs open. (The form will ask you to choose a “TOPIC.”  Please choose “social welfare.”)


    Additional Resources

    ·       Fact sheet about need for child care support in New York state

    ·       Fact sheets about need for child care support in each state

    ·       Article from Forbes about child care center closures without relief

    ·       Letter from 22 attorneys general supporting increased child care funding


     

  • 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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  • 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