2019 Supplemental Child Care Quality Grant and Free Online Training Subscriptions with Care Courses School Inc.

THE GRANT APPLICATION  PERIOD is CLOSED

President’s Welcome

 

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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

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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 Eligible Enrolled Legally-Exempt child care provider.

The 2019 CSEA Supplemental Child Care Quality Grant, negotiated in our second VOICE contract, provides a grant up to $225 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, supplies, and health and safety items with a $225 credit.

CREDIT:

—The $225 credit can only be used with Kaplan Early Learning Company.

−−No out of pocket expenses!

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

−−THERE IS NO REIMBURSEMENT OPTION FOR THIS GRANT ROUND!

FREE ONLINE TRAINING SUBSCRIPTIONS!

−−You will have the opportunity on the grant application to apply for free online training bundles with The Care Courses School Inc.  You will be given a password for an account Care Courses School will create for you.  After the account is created, Care Courses will contact you directly via email when your courses are activated and ready to use.

–30 Hour Training Bundles.
–45 Hour CDA Renewal Bundles.
–120 Hour Family Child Care CDA             Training Bundle.

(There will be additional options for the 30 hour and 45 hour training bundles in the application



Escape to the Lake 


**PLEASE RSVP NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, AUGUST 27TH.**

Members and Non-Members are invited to attend.
Get up to 10 hours of state approved training.

Date: Fri. Sept. 13, Sat. Sept. 14, Sun. Sept. 15 (9/13-15)
Location:   High Peaks Resort (highpeaksresort.com)
2384 Saranac Ave.
Lake Placid, New York 12946
Get Directions

CSEA/VOICE Local 100A invites you to attend 2 days of training in Lake Placid. This is a NO COST event. *Registration and hotel accommodations will be paid with professional development funds negotiated in the CSEA/VOICE—OCFS Agreement.

*Registration is required.

Featured Presentations–>

A Day of Laughter, Learning and Leadership presented by Ron Shuali
Ron Shuali, M. Ed, Author, Speaker, Entertainer has spent over 15 years working and presenting in the education marketplace. He is a best-selling author of his award-winning book ‘Breaking the Bullying Circle’ and the book based on his successful behavior management system ‘Building the 21st Century Child’, top motivational speaker and presenter with expertise in the preschool through middle school arena. Watch Ron on YOUTUBE.

Yoga Implementation and Training presented by Bari Koral
Dubbed the “it girl” of kids/family music and the “Sheryl Crow for Kids” by the New York Post, Bari Koral is quickly becoming one of the most popular kids/family recording artists on the scene today. Bari is also a beloved music, movement and kids yoga educator. Her catchy, pop-friendly tunes and her interactive live shows feature a creative mix of movement and yoga, gaining her thousands of young (and not so young!) fans.

There is no cost for your 2 night stay at the High Peaks training facility. 

**PLEASE RSVP NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, AUGUST 27TH.**
Call the bilingual CSEA/VOICE Resource Center registration line at 518-257-1093. If no answer, leave a message with your name, phone number and license/registration number.



 

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!!

 

at ballot count 2018 VOICE

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:
Lea el contrato completo
 o resumen


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?



 

Provider Appreciation Day Materials

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