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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.


  • New Health Insurance Option for Child Care Providers

    Some providers have expressed concern that even with the rebate for up to $1500, purchasing health insurance through the marketplace is still too expensive. It is another option and still qualifies you for the CSEA Health Insurance Rebate for up to $1500.

    The Essential Plan is a new plan being offered (as of Nov. 1 for Jan 2016 coverage) through the NY State of Health marketplace that costs either $20 or nothing per month and offers the same essential benefits as other health plans.

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    essential plan income levels copy If you don’t qualify for Medicaid and still find it hard to pay marketplace premiums this may be for you.

    Learn More
    How to Enroll
    Scroll down to learn more about the CSEA Health Insurance Rebate for up to $1500.


  • The Child Care Quality Grant is here!
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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 new agreement with OCFS call our toll-free Child Care Resource Center at (877) 483-CSEA (2732).
    If you have a health insurance rebate question or a Child Care Quality Grant, contact CSEA WORK Institute at (855) 472-6848 or by email at
    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 are eligible if:

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

    CSEA is pleased to invite you to apply for a CSEA Child Care Quality Grant (CCQG).  This 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. For fastest processing click the “Apply Online” button below. Please make sure to check that you have completed all sections.Apply Online

    (Download and Print)


    Application in English


    Application in Spanish

  • $1500 Health Insurance Rebate for Providers now available

    Health insurance document in folder with stethoscopeWe are pleased to announce that CSEA will rebate up to $1,500 in premiums paid for health insurance purchased through the NY State of Health marketplace (NYSOH) in 2015 for licensed group, registered family, and enrolled legally-exempt child care providers outside NYC.

    This is a benefit that was negotiated by our union and is available for all providers.


    red-arrow-curved-downright1-300x296*If you have already purchased health insurance through the NYS Marketplace and would like to apply for the rebate; click here to learn more and/or apply for the $1500 REBATE.*

    red-arrow-curved-downright1-300x296*If you have NOT already purchased health insurance through the marketplace but would like to; click here to learn more about the “Special Enrollment Period” and/or connect with a “Navigator” who will help you decide which plan is best for you and your family.*

  • VOICE/CSEA tuition assistance now available for Child Care Providers

    WorkingVOICE/CSEA is pleased to announce that a tuition assistance benefit (as negotiated in our second union contract) is now available to all child care providers living outside New York City.

    Receive up to two vouchers or reimbursements for credit bearing course work leading to a CDA, Associates or Bachelors degrees in early learning and care education.  More Details

    Applications will be accepted through March 2016. Tuition vouchers will be paid directly to the institution.

    Learn more about the difference between a voucher and reimbursement; access a catalog of participating education providers and download forms to apply.

    The CSEA WORK Institute is administering this benefit 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.

    VOICE/CSEA is pleased to offer this tuition assistance benefit and we wish you much success.


  • Monroe County Payment Issue: Union action yields solid relationships and mounting pressure


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    VOICE/CSEA leader and DHS Committee member Ronora James cradles one of the children in her child care. The DHS committee have been meeting with DHS on a regular basis to come to a solution to improve and end the payment issues in Monroe County.

    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



    mailersurvey copyVOICE/CSEA is asking you to complete the health insurance survey that we mailed this week so we may determine your eligibility and design plans that fit your needs. You can return the survey by mail or respond online. You will automatically be entered into a drawing to win 1 of 6 $50 prepaid Visa Gift Cards if we receive your response by September 1st. Call us at 877-483-CSEA for more information.

    Take the VOICE/CSEA Health Insurance Survey Online.

  • VOICE/CSEA calls for end to late payments and late decision notices in Monroe County

    monroe voiceVOICE/CSEA child care providers from Monroe County, parents and community members met Tuesday to discuss how late and short payments have adversely affected child care programs. County officials canceled shortly before the meeting was to begin.

    CSEA has long promoted access to quality child care as one the most important investments our communities can make toward breaking the cycle of poverty and giving struggling families a leg up.

    “We’re disappointed that county officials didn’t show up, but we look forward to scheduling another meeting with them where providers and parents can have a voice,” CSEA Western Region President Flo Tripi said.
    WATCH WROC-TV8 VIDEO COVERAGE: Daycare providers: Monroe County must provide subsidy payments on time



    Three AAA officials counted ballots for nearly four hours to determine the outcome of the contract ratification by members at CSEA headquarters on June 1.

    The American Arbitration Association conducted a ballot count at CSEA Headquarters on June 1. CSEA’s 100A and 100B members (VOICE and CCPT) voted decisively to ratify a second child care contract. More than 99 percent of those casting ballots voted yes. Work is underway now with the NY Department of Health and Office of Children and Family Services to implement the new contract which includes health care rebates, supplemental vision and dental insurance, program grants and professional development. See below for highlights.

    Because we have a strong base of dues-paying members, we have reached a second child care Tentative Agreement with the NYS Office of Children and Family Services that exceeds our expectations in these hard times for working families.

    Highlights of the four-year agreement (October 2013 through September, 2017) include:

    • $500 Child Care Quality Grants ($16,433,500).
    • Expanded Professional Development Fund ($8,566,500).
    • Health insurance premium rebates (NYState of Health Exchange) and supplemental insurance (vision and dental) ($19 million).
    • Fair Dispute Resolution Process for Payments and Inspections.
    • Guiding Principles (Provider Rights) – to make sure we get the respect we deserve.

    Download Detailed Contract Summary.
    Download Ballot Instructions and Voting Procedures.

    Since 2002, we’ve built a strong union that supports child care providers to deliver early learning and care. We’ve taken action and accomplished many of the goals set by our members at regional, statewide, and chapter meetings. In addition to delivering more than 19,000 five hundred dollar ($500) child care quality grants to providers who applied, VOICE/CSEA:

    • Established the first statewide family child care resource center to support providers and assist with registration, licensing, and inspections; DSS payments; fraud investigations; CACFP; and professional development.
    • Provides assistance with CPS, fair hearings, OCFS license/registration enforcement procedures, and zoning issues.
    • Passed legislation to make adult-child ratios more flexible for providers and families. With the new ratios, family child care businesses had the potential to earn $7,000 to $15,000 more annually in parent fees.
    • Protected and restored parent eligibility in counties across the state and secured $55 million in new dollars in last year’s state budget for child care subsidies for working families.

    With the expansion of pre-k and new federal requirements for subsidy dollars, times are harder than ever for family child care providers. VOICE/CSEA gives family child care providers power and resources we never had before to safeguard family child care and sustain their businesses. With a strong membership base, our union will continue to negotiate and deliver resources, support and services to providers across New York.

    Si usted desea una copia traducida al Español, por favor llame al Centro de Recursos para el cuidado de niños al (877) 483-CSEA (2732).

  • Voting vital for child care success

    It is more important than ever, especially during these hard economic times as decision makers and leaders are making “tough choices” to manage local and state budgets,
    that the voices of all working families be heard.