We are VOICE/CSEA: a union made up of and working for family childcare providers from across New York State, organizaing for power to take on challenges facing us and the children and families we serve.
- Friday, May 6, 2016 is Provider Appreciation Day!
CSEA knows that when we stick together, we are strong. Just as you never quit nurturing our children, family and communities, our union — CSEA — will never quit supporting the invaluable work that you do.
Wishing you the best Provider Appreciation Day today,
CSEA President Danny Donohue
Dear Family Child Care Providers,
The Office of Children and Family Services applauds caregivers everywhere for their dedication to the safety and health of the children entrusted to their care — the young ones who depend on you for their emotional and physical development.
The role of a child day care worker in shaping the lives of the young and vulnerable is monumental and a significant responsibility that OCFS supports and appreciates.
- Dental and Vision Plan Enrollment to Open Soon
Watch your email and regular mail for dental and vision plan enrollment information.
Family, Group Family and Enrolled Legally-Exempt Child Care Providers (outside NYC) can apply for Dental and Vision Insurance at no cost to you! We negotiated this program in our second VOICE/CSEA contract.
- CPR/First Aid Training Program
The CSEA WORK Institute is subsidizing CPR/First Aid training in your area. There is no cost to registered, licensed and legally-exempt child care providers, their staff, substitutes and volunteers outside of New York City.
If you or any one you know is interested in bringing CPR/First Aid training to your area, then download and fill out the Training Request Form. The training requires a minimum of seven participants.
You can email the Training Request Form to firstname.lastname@example.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.
- Quick Links:
Health Insurance Rebate (up to $1500)
Child Care Quality Grant ($500)
Tuition Reimbursement Program (2016 2017)
What providers and parents need to know about the 2016 min wage increase to $9
The Essential Plan: More affordable Health Coverage for child care providers
CCDF Webinar (info only)
- Providers reeling from late/inaccurate County payments
The Westchester VOICE/CSEA Chapter is regretfully dealing with a rash of late/inaccurate subsidy payments from the County. Since August, family child care providers have received notices that the County is aware of a “slow payment” issue. The reality is much worse for providers though, with some not receiving checks for as long as 3 months. Our union leaders joined by CSEA Southern Region President Billy Riccaldo and the Legislative and Political Action Coordinator for the Region, will be meeting with key members of the Westchester County Legislature to bring them up to speed on this issue beginning next week.
Westchester Chapter members: Did you receive the letter (above) via email? If not, we may not have a working email address on file for you. Please update your contact info at: https://cseany.org/.
- Monroe County Trainings opening in Spring 2016
Attention Monroe County child care providers: FREE trainings to be held this Spring! If you have taken any of these OCFS trainings within the last two years, you cannot register for this round. These will be held on Monday nights on the dates listed below. RSVP to Rebecca Solomon at phone number or email below.
- 2016-2017 VOICE/CSEA Tuition Assistance Program
VOICE/CSEA is pleased to announce that a tuition assistance program, negotiated in our second union contract, is once again available to all child care providers living outside New York City taking credit-bearing coursework leading to a Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) or an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Early Care Education.
There are two ways to take advantage of this exciting new program. You can either have VOICE/CSEA 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. Only reimbursement may be used at accredited institutions not listed in the catalog. The tuition assistance program provides up to two such vouchers or reimbursements, or one 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.
- IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR NON-MEMBER PROVIDERS
Each year, the state Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) issues an updated database file to VOICE/CSEA with current licensing and contact information for providers in our bargaining unit. Please be advised that information regarding refunds from previous years were cleared from the system resulting in deductions starting again for Non-Members. VOICE/CSEA and OCFS are working together to correct this issue. Any deductions taken in error will be refunded as soon as possible to the parties affected.
- VOICE/CSEA to Officials: ‘slots at risk if no added funding’
Fran Turner, CSEA Legislative and Political Action Director, recently testified at a public hearing hosted by the NYS Assembly Committee on Children and Families. The subject was “Child Care Assistance for Low-Income Families” – specifically focusing on how implementing the federal child care block grant (CCDBG) re-authorization will impact child care subsidies in New York. New federal requirements include FBI background clearances and fingerprints; annual health and safety training in ten topic areas, including First Aid/CPR for all child care workers;and extending parent eligibility from six to 12 months.
Turner and the other ten child care advocates who testified, all spoke to the urgent need for New York to increase its investment in child care subsidies. Without a substantial increase in child care spending in this year’s budget, the cost to implement the new federal requirements will drastically cut the number of children and families receiving child care subsidies.
OCFS is required to submit an implementation plan to the federal government. It will release its CCDF plan to the federal government by March 1. Before then, we will have opportunities to testify at public hearings in mid-January (NYC, Rochester, Albany) and to submit written comments. We anticipate that NYS will have to make additional changes through legislation and regulation to comply with the new federal standards.
Before the year ends, the federal government will pass a budget that includes $326 million for the Child Care Development Block Grant – the funds that are allocated to states for child care subsidies. Although this is the largest increase in CCDBG funding in 15 years, it is not nearly enough to cover the costs to states to implement the new federal standards. We anticipate that New York’s share from this year’s CCDBG allocation will be about 14.6 million – far less than the $200 million we estimate the cost to be.
We will keep you updated on state and federal CCDBG policy and funding.
- Monroe County Payment Issue: Union action yields solid relationships and mounting pressure
Union strength and solidarity in action by VOICE/CSEA Monroe County Chapter members is yielding a solid, productive relationship with the Department of Human Services and mounting pressure on Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and the Legislature to do what is right to fix child care subsidy payment problems.
A full update will be printed in the next edition of the VOICE/CSEA Work Force newspaper.
Read and watch the latest clips of VOICE/CSEA working to solve the subsidy payment issue in the news and browse pictures from the latest meetings and actions via the links below:
Photos from the July 7 action on subsidy payments
The story that launched it all:
7/8/15 Daycare providers: Monroe County must provide subsides on time
Photos from the rescheduled July 28th meeting with DHS
VOICE/CSEA continues the conversation toward real solutions:
8/10/15 Daycares frustrated over county payments
Community leaders step in to voice their support for providers and mount additional pressure on County Executive and Legislature:
8/11/15 End late payments to child care providers
8/11/15 Frankel decries late county day care payments