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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.

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  • CSEA/VOICE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING PROGRAM

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    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 diane.medick@cseainc.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).


  • Join us at the NYSaeyc Annual Conference

    CSEA/VOICE will cover your conference registration fees for all licensed group family and registered family child care providers (outside of NYC).

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    This year the  NYSaeyc Conference
    will be held in Rye, NY on March 30 to April 1
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     All registration fees paid by CSEA/VOICE!
    This is a great professional conference with a special track for family child care providers that features workshops by Tom Copeland, national expert and resource on the business of family child care. Network with other family child care providers and earn training credits!

    Get your personalized payment code: https://csealearningcenter.org/grants/cseanaeyc.cfm.
    Provide your CSEA ID number, daycare license number and choose the package of your choice. It takes 24 hours for your personalized payment code to activate. Once activated, you can register with NYSaeyc directly by going to the NYSaeyc registration portal at: https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ehome/190051.

    If you can’t make the whole conference and live nearby, you can register for one day.
    For more information including your CSEA ID number, email voice@voicecseainc.org or call 877-483-2732.


     

  • The 2017 Child Care Quality Grant Program is Here!

     

    The application period is now open!


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    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 at (855) 472-6848 or 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.
    Danny Donohue
    CSEA President

    You will receive a packet with a letter containing contact information including deadlines for applications and purchases/receipts.

    For fastest processing click the “Apply Online” button below. Please make sure to check that you have completed all sections.
    Web Apply Online

     You are eligible if:

    You live outside NYC and are active as a New York State Registered Family OR a Licensed Group Family OR an Enrolled Legally-Exempt child care provider.

    The 2017 Quality Grant Program, negotiated in our second 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.

    You have 2 grant options:
    CREDIT OPTION:

    You can choose between either Kaplan Early Learning Company or Becker School Supplies.

    The $500 credit can only be used with ONE

    Computers, with this option can only be purchased from Kaplan Early Learning Company.

    Only products listed on http://voicecsea.kaplanco.com and shopbecker.com/voicecsea are approved for this grant.

    Private seller receipts like garage sales or craigslist must have the Date of Purchase, Sellers Name, Address, Phone number, and Signature.

    REIMBURSEMENT OPTION:

    You can make purchases out of pocket, in-store or online, and be reimbursed up to $500 for approved items.

    You can submit up to a maximum of 5 receipts.

    In store receipts must be original copies of the register receipt.

    Private seller receipts like garage sales or craigslist must have the sellers Name, Address, Phone number, and Signature.

    Descargar y Imprimir aplicación en español.
    Download and Print Paper Application.
    Receipt Attestation

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  • 2016-2017 CSEA/VOICE Tuition Assistance Program

    WorkingCSEA/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.

    Download Tuition Program Catalog

    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.

    Tuition Voucher application (2016-17)  Tuition Reimbursement Application (2016-17)

  • 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.

    https://csealearningcenter.org/grants/CSEACDA.cfm

    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.

    CDA Scholarship Reimbursement Application (2016-17)



  • 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:

    http://ocfs.ny.gov/main/legal/Regulatory/er/default.asp#daycare-safety.

    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:
    http://ocfs.ny.gov/main/legal/Regulatory/pc/
    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

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    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.

    FIOS 1-TV News story
    Read the Press Release



     

  • CPR/First Aid Training Program
    Maryann Arroyo

    Maryann Arroyo, CSEA/VOICE, Local 100A Nassau Chapter member and a Group Family Provider, is seen here in action, teaching CPR/1st Aid to fellow providers on Long Island. A certified instructor, she is very excited to be a part of the union’s CPR Program. Dozens of classes are scheduled through the rest of this year, with more added regularly, across the state. CSEA has partnered with the American Red Cross, National Safety Council, REMO-EMS and other certfied groups to deliver CPR/1st Aid classes at no cost to Family, Group Family and Legally Exempt providers, their staff and substitutes.

    CPR-AND-FIRSTAIDREGISTER ONLINE HERE

    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.

    Download and Print the Training Request Form.

    You can email the Training Request Form to professional.development@cseainc.org; 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.