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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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  • New Vaccination Legislation Explained


    Read OCFS FAQs in English

    Lea las preguntas frecuentes de la OCFS en español

    Overview: On June 13, 2019, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation removing non-medical exemptions from school vaccination requirements for children. The United States Syringe_and_Vaccine_(14329622976)is currently experiencing the worst outbreak of measles in more than 25 years, with outbreaks in pockets of New York primarily driving the crisis. As a result of non-medical vaccination exemptions, many communities across New York have unacceptably low rates of vaccination, and those unvaccinated children can often attend school where they may spread the disease to other unvaccinated students, some of whom cannot receive vaccines due to medical conditions. This new law will help protect the public amid this ongoing outbreak.

     

  • OCFS NEW Market Rates

    OCFS Holds 69th Percentile for Market Rates                    

    Find NEW 2019 Market Rates Here

    OCFS issued new market reimbursement rates.  To see the rates in your region, visit our website: voicecsea.org.  The rates will apply to services delivered May 1 and after. The 69th percentile formula uses data on parent fees reported by providers in the Market Rate Survey – reflecting what providers charge private pay parents.  County DSS agencies must inform you of the rate change and pay the new Market Rates if you did not sign a DSS provider contract.

    Our message to legislators and the Governor made a difference.  This is the first year since 2014 that the state budget included funding for reimbursement rates.  Without $26 million in new funding for rates, we would have seen decreases. In most categories, rates increased or stayed the same. And the $26 million is not sufficient to pay us what we deserve and need to deliver quality programs to working families and the children in our care.

    It will take all of us – providers and parents –  to make NY do better for our working families and children in next year’s budget.  To find out what you can do, e-mail voice@cseainc.org or call  877-483-2253.


     

  • Provider Appreciation Day is May 10th

    Happy Provider Appreciation Day!
    This Friday May 10th is National Child Care Provider Day. We annually celebrate the Friday before Mother’s Day to recognize child care providers, teachers and other educators of young children everywhere. Child care providers deserve a big “Thank you” for their dedication, commitment and compassion. Thank you for all you do!  Please read a letter from CSEA President Danny Donohue and also a message from OCFS.

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  • CPR/First Aid Training Program

     

    FIND A CPR TRAINING NEAR YOU at:  http://voicecsea.org/events/

    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.

    CPR-AND-FIRSTAID

    Register online here (English)
    Regístrese en línea aquí (Español)

    CSEA/VOICE is covering the cost for CPR/First Aid training in your area. The class is open to eligible registered and licensed child care providers, their staff, substitutes and volunteers requiring certification and/or renewal within 90 days. This is paid for by the professional development funds negotiated for in our second union contract. Please note: there is a 2 person limit per child care program. 

    If you have any further questions, call toll free at 1-855-472-6848 and ask for Jessie.

     

     


     

  • New Legislation Prohibits Smoking

     

    No_smoking_symbolHere is information about Bill A.397B/S.7522 signed by Governor Cuomo in August prohibiting smoking in facilities that provide child care services in NY. Watch for an OCFS “Dear Provider” letter for more information. We will post the information from the “Dear Provider” letter when it is released. https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/view_article.asp?ID=1738.


     

  • Important Epinephrine information from OCFS

     

    1920px-Epi-Pen_2016OCFS posted guidance issued today by the NYS Department of Health on the Epipen shortage with recommendations for Child Care Providers. Please read this article: https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/view_article.asp?ID=1750. It outlines the supportive role we can have in keeping children safe by helping parents.

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  • Members APPROVE NEW 4-year Contract!!

     

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    Pictured here is staff and CSEA members Mary Archambault, Janet Turner, and Allison Joseph who assisted with opening and counted ballots.

    CSEA /VOICE Local 100A members ratified our third contract with OCFS and NYS.  An overwhelming majority of those voting said “YES”.  This is a four year contract (2017-2021) and will enable CSEA/VOICE to continue quality grant, professional development and vision/dental programs.  For more information, read the summary or full contract below or call us at 877-483-2732. 

    Members:
    Read the full contract or summary
    Miembros:
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    Our Union is STRONG! 
    Since 2002, we’ve built a strong union that supports child care providers to deliver early learning and care to thousands of children and families across the state. We have accomplished many of the goals set by our members at regional, statewide, and chapter meetings.  Through two rounds of contract negotiations since 2009, we have:

    –Delivered more than 30,000 five hundred ($500) dollar child care quality grants to providers who applied.
    –Established a professional development fund for family child care.
    –Partnered with OCFS to develop Legally-Exempt Enhanced Rate Training curriculum and program.
    –Implemented Affordable Care Act health insurance rebates and vision/dental insurance at no cost to on-site providers.
    –Secured Infant/Toddler reimbursement rates through age two (instead of 18 months).
    –Secured mandatory minimum 5% rate differential for non-traditional hour care.
    –Implemented a Fair Dispute Resolution Process for Payments and Inspections.
    –Secured Guiding Principles (Provider Rights) to get the respect we deserve.

    Because we have a strong base of dues paying members, CSEA has a robust program to support our members and providers across the state. CSEA/VOICE:

    –Established the first bilingual statewide family child care resource center to assist with registration, licensing, enrollment, and inspections; DSS payments; fraud investigations and training; CACFP, and professional development.
    –Assists with CPS, fair hearings, OCFS license, registration, and enrollment enforcement procedures and zoning issues.
    –Passed legislation to make adult-child ratios more flexible for providers and families. With new ratios, family child care businesses gained the potential to increase earnings as much as $15,000 per year.
    –Successfully made provider payments more accurate and timely in more than a dozen counties across the state.

    We remember what it was like before we had our union.  Do you?



     

  • State approved training

     

    Get state approved training to meet enrollment/registration/licensing requirements AT NO COST TO YOU  with participating training organizations by using the CSEA/VOICE Professional Development Training Program. There are many child care training topics and hours delivered by participating training organizations available.  This program is open to NYS Registered Family or Licensed Group Family as well as Legally Exempt childcare providers outside of New York City.

    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. Go to: https://csealearningcenter.org/grants/cseaprofdev.cfm and enter your license/registration/enrollment number and CSEA ID,  then select a participating training organization where you would like to take training.

    2. Now you must contact the participating training organization directly to REGISTER for training classes. You should have no out-of-pocket expense when using a participating provider. You may take as many classes as you like.

    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 our Bi-lingual Child Care Resource Center at 877-483-CSEA (2732).


     

  • 2018 Minimum Wage Increase Information

     

    ImportantIcon.svgWe have sent all members an email with the following link to information about 2018 minimum wage law in New York.  If you employ individuals to work in your child care program, you must comply with the NY Labor Law. We have included the NY Department of Labor Minimum Wage Chart below. After checking this link https://www.labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/laborstandards/workprot/minwage.shtm, and reviewing the chart below, call us if you have questions, contact us at 877-483-2732.

    PLEASE NOTE that the new rates vary per region.

    Upcoming Minimum Wage Increases: The Minimum Wage rates are scheduled to increase each year on 12/31 until they reach $15.00 per hour. Employers must post a Minimum Wage Information poster in their establishment.

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  • What you need to know re: NEW Paid Family Leave Program

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s landmark Paid Family Leave has already launched. New Yorkers now have job-protected, paid time off to bond with a new child, care for a family member with a serious health condition, or help relieve family pressures when a loved one is called to active military service abroad. There are many resources available to help employees and employers understand this great benefit. Visit ny.gov/PaidFamilyLeave to access:

    Paid Family Leave Forms: Download all the forms needed to request Paid Family Leave or waive coverage.

    Frequently Asked Questions: Get answers to questions on benefits, funding, eligibility, taking Paid Family Leave, and more.

    Model Language for Written Materials: Access language on Paid Family Leave that employers can customize and print to use for handbooks and other written guidance for employees.

    Downloadable Guides: View fact sheets and FAQs that will help answer questions about Paid Family Leave and how it’s applied.

    Payroll Deduction Calculator: Calculate weekly payroll deductions with this easy-to-use tool.

    Employer and Employee Recorded Presentations: View presentations for employees and employers explaining Paid Family Leave, including the three uses of Paid Family Leave, benefits, eligibility and the request process.

    Notices: Employers can download a template for notifying employees of payroll deductions and an Employee Statement of Rights.

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    As of January 1, 2018, almost all employees who work for private employers in New York will have access to Paid Family Leave — an employee-funded insurance policy that provides job-protected, paid time off to bond with a new child, care for a sick family member, or help relieve pressures when a family member is called to active military service abroad. Benefits phase in over four years. In 2018, employees can take up to eight weeks of paid time off at 50% of their average weekly wage (AWW), capped at 50% of the New York State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW). By 2021, employees will be able to take up to 12 weeks at 67% of their AWW, capped at 67% of the SAWW.

    For more information on Paid Family Leave, visit ny.gov/PaidFamilyLeave or call the Paid Family Leave Helpline at (844) 337-6303.