Getting it right for our Babies

Please watch and share this video created by the Center for the Study of Child Care and WestEd’s For Our Babies . It does a good job outlining pressing child care issues, what we can do as advocates for working families, ourselves as childcare professionals, community members and parents.

About the video: “With the average cost of child care in the U.S. equaling college tuition and millions of early childhood educators facing wages so low they often struggle to support their own families, WestEd’s For Our Babies and the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment released a new animated video to help people understand the challenges facing families, babies, and the teachers that work with them. Through the story of baby Eva, her parents who need care for her while they work, and infant/toddler teachers Nora and Carmen, we discover a broken system that needs our immediate attention. “Getting it Right for our Babies” presents three key strategies to right this situation in the United States: paid parental leave; affordable, quality child care; and investment in teachers.”



 

Take ‘Foundations of Health & Safety’ training online for FREE

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Get a Jumpstart Now!
New federally required child care training due by 9/30/17

By now you should have received an important ‘Dear Provider letter’ from OCFS about a new federally mandated training requirement that must be completed by September 30, 2017. Please see below for links. ALL individuals (including on-site providers and assistants) working in early learning and care settings – family, group family, legally-exempt, and centers – will need to complete the new training called ‘Foundations in Health and Safety’ before September 30, 2017.

READ/PRINT OCFS ‘DEAR PROVIDER LETTER’ TO FAMILY CHILDCARE PROVIDERS
READ/PRINT OCFS ‘DEAR PROVIDER LETTER’ TO LEGALLY-EXEMPT PROVIDERS

OCFS developed this course to satisfy new federal standards that states are required to meet as a result of the Child Care Development Block Grant Re-authorization Bill passed by the U.S. Congress in 2014. The course is available online – at no cost to you – through SUNY Professional Development Program.

It is a self-directed; 5 hour web-based training is available to you and your staff members at any time – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The web application will save your progress and allow you up to 30 days to complete the entire course.

Click here to link to the OCFS website for information
Click here to complete the training online for free

The course will soon be offered in Spanish and Mandarin. If you have questions, give us a call at 877-483-CSEA (2732). We encourage you to get started soon so that you will be in compliance when this new regulation rolls out!



 

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The Saturday, May 20 event will be held at the Rochester Hyatt Regency, 125 East Main St.



 

Important information about CSEA/VOICE Professional Development Programs

 

We are in the process of renewing our contracts with OCFS/NYS. This year, the state budget process is more complicated due to anticipated changes in the federal budget.  As a result, NYS will be putting a hold on all contracts – including CSEA’s Professional Development Contract.

Until our contract is finalized, the CSEA WORK Institute will need to close the Professional Development program portals beginning Friday, March 31, 2017 at 5 p.m.  We will be working to get our Professional Development program portals opened back up as soon as we are able. These programs are very important to all of us.  That’s why the CSEA/VOICE members on the negotiating team made them a priority in our agreements with OCFS and NYS.

Call the Child Care Resource Center 877-483-2732 with any questions you may have about our Professional Development Programs. We will also post updates to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/cseavoice as we receive them. Thank you for working with us through this administrative challenge.



 

2017 Child Care Summit

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Join us for the 2017 Child Care Summit! All 3 Summits will follow the same program. Attend the location that is easiest for you!

Rochester – Saturday, May 20, Albany – Saturday, September 16  and Nassau, Long Island  – Saturday, October 14


The Saturday, May 20 event will be held at the Rochester Hyatt Regency, 125 East Main St.

(All 3 Summits will follow the same program.)

9-10 a.m. – CHECK-IN (we will offer light breakfast fare) and information tables ; CSEA insurances and other programs.

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – PROGRAM

— Meet your CSEA and VOICE officers, Chapter Representatives and leaders!
— Learn the history of our Union and CSEA/VOICE Local 100A ( slide show)
— Building more Union Power; what are we doing, what can we do better, strength in numbers, advocating for families and family child care.
— Political Action – Meet elected officials (to be determined) and discuss need for support $$ in the state budget for child care.

12 – 1 p.m. – LUNCH (hot and cold buffet)

1:30 – 3 p.m.   WORKSHOP: Advocacy workshop with training credits in three break-out rooms.  This part of the day is *optional.  Folks that would like to stay for the workshops/training credits will *register separately.  Those who choose not to stay, can depart after lunch.


REGISTER ONLINE RIGHT HERE!

PRINT a ‘Save The Date’ for your bulletin board or fridge: 
Saturday, May 20 – Rochester, NY 
Saturday, September 16 – Albany, NY
Saturday,  October 14 – Nassau, Long Island, NY

*Para leer esta carta en español*

¡ACTUALIZACIONES! Durante nuestra última reunión/entrenamiento, el comité CSEA/VOICE DSS presentó preguntas de nuestros miembros. Hubo una discusión abierta con los proveedores y funcionarios de DSS durante y después de la reunión. Mantenga sus ojos abiertos para más información de entrenamientos gratis como éste por correo electrónico y el calendario de eventos CSEA/VOICE voicecsea.org/events. También hemos sido informados por Nassau DSS que el portal Web https://apps.nassaucountyny.gov/dss ahora está funcionando. Si tiene algún problema por favor háganoslo saber.

¡NUEVA OPORTUNIDAD! Es con gran orgullo que anunciamos que el Equipo DSS del Condado de Nassau busca ampliar el comité. Nuestro trabajo ha sido vital para los proveedores a través de los años y se necesitan manos adicionales a bordo ya que nuestra membresía ha crecido.

DESCARGAR APLICACIÓN

Muchos miembros de CSEA/VOICE sirven a familias elegibles y reciben subsidios para el cuidado de niños. Los miembros del equipo de DSS trabajan con los miembros de VOICE, el DSS del condado de Nassau y el personal de CSEA/VOICE para resolver los problemas de pago del DSS y mejorar el sistema de subsidios para satisfacer mejor las necesidades de los proveedores, los niños y familias a quienes servimos. Los equipos de DSS y CSEA/VOICE trabajan para asegurar el finaciamiento local, estatal y federal para subsidios de cuidado infantil para familias trabajadoras.

Los miembros deben estar disponibles para reunirse en persona y por teléfono según sea necesario y asistir a las reuniones de Capítulo de CSEA/VOICE en el condado de Nassau.

Si le gustaría ser considerado para servir como miembro del equipo de DSS del condado de Nassau de CSEA/VOICE, favor de completar la solicitud y envíela a la representante de capítulo, Lisa Price al correo electrónico lprice.voice@gmail.com.

Si está interesado y tiene preguntas o desea más información sobre el trabajo del equipo, comuníquese con Lisa Price al (516) 457-3447.

Provider Appreciation Day is May 12, 2017!

Anatomy of a Child Care Provider Poster

Click on the poster to make larger. 🙂 Photo credit: www.thistlegirldesigns.com

The History of Provider Appreciation Day goes back to 1996, in New Jersey. A group of volunteers saw the need to recognize the tireless efforts of providers. Year to year, celebrations and support have grown to include recognition by advocates, organizations and government agencies across the country with proclamations signed by many state governors, including our own. For more information on National Provider Appreciation Day visit www.providerappreciationday.com.

arrow Check out this super cute “Anatomy of a Child Care Provider” poster. Kudos to OCFS for hitting the nail on the head!
Click on the image to make it larger.


Provider Appreciation Day falls the Friday before Mothers Day each year, with this year celebrated on May 12, 2017.


 

CSEA/VOICE Monroe DSS Team Seeks Members to Expand

It is with great pride that we announce the Monroe County DSS Team seeks to expand the committee by an additional member. Our work has been vital for providers over the years and an additional hand on deck is needed since our membership has grown.

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Las solicitudes deben ser devueltas antes del viernes 3 de marzo de 2017 para ser consideradas

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Applications must be returned by Friday, March 3, 2017 to be considered.

What does a DSS Team member do?
Many members of CSEA/VOICE serve families eligible for and receiving child care subsidies. Members of the DSS team work with VOICE members, Erie County DSS and CSEA/VOICE staff to resolve DSS payment problems and make improvements to the subsidy system so that it better meets the needs of providers and the children and families we serve. CSEA/VOICE DSS teams work to secure local, state and federal funding for child care subsidies for working families.

Members must be available to meet in-person and by phone as needed and attend CSEA/VOICE Chapter meetings in Erie County.

If you would like to be considered to serve on the CSEA/VOICE Monroe County DSS Team, please complete the application and return it to:

Ronora James
277 Woodbine Avenue
Rochester, NY 14619

If you are interested and have questions or would like more information about the work of the team, contact Ronora James at (585) 328-6459 or email ronora@orasplace.net.  

El Equipo de DSS del condado de Monroe busca expandir el comité por un miembro adicional:

Es con gran orgullo que anunciamos que el Equipo de DSS del condado de Monroe busca expandir el comité por un miembro adicional. Nuestro trabajo ha sido vital para los proveedores a través de los años y una mano adicional es necesaria ya que nuestra membresía ha crecido.

DESCARGAR APLICACIÓN
Las solicitudes deben ser devueltas antes del viernes 3 de marzo de 2017 para ser consideradas

 ¿Qué hace un miembro del Equipo de DSS?

Muchos miembros de CSEA/VOICE sirven a familias elegibles y reciben subsidios para el cuidado de niños.  Los miembros del equipo de DSS trabajan con los miembros de VOICE, DSS del condado de Erie y el personal de CSEA/VOICE para resolver los problemas de pago del DSS y hacer mejoras al sistema de subsidios para satisfacer mejor las necesidades de los proveedores, los niños y familias a quienes servimos.  Los equipos de CSEA/VOICE DSS trabajan para asegurar fondos locales, estatales y federales para subsidios de cuidado de niños para familias trabajadoras.

Los miembros deben estar disponibles para reunirse en persona y por teléfono, según sea necesario, y asistir a las reuniones de Capítulo de CSEA/VOICE en el condado de Erie.

 Si desea ser considerado como miembro del Equipo DSS del Condado de Monroe de CSEA/VOICE, complete la aplicación y devuélvala a:

Ronora James
277 Woodbine Avenue
Rochester, NY 14619

Si usted está interesado y tiene preguntas o desea más información sobre el trabajo del equipo, póngase en contacto con Ronora James al (585) 328-6459 o correo electrónico ronora@orasplace.net.

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).