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.

 

 


 

2019 CSEA/VOICE Quality Grant Program – CLOSED

THE GRANT APPLICATION  PERIOD IS NOW 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

You will receive a packet with a letter containing contact information including deadlines for applications and purchases/receipts.

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Click the “Apply Online” button below to get started. Please make sure to check that you have completed all sections.

Apply Online

 

 

 

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 Enrolled Legally-Exempt child care provider. 

The 2019 Quality Grant Program, negotiated in our second CSEA/VOICE Local 100A 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.

You have 2 grant options:

CREDIT OPTION
—You can choose between either Becker School Supplies or Kaplan Early Learning Company..
—The $500 credit can only be used with ONE of the above listed vendors.
—Computers, with this option can only be purchased from Kaplan Early Learning Company.
—Only products listed on Shopbecker.com/voicecsea and http://voicecsea.kaplanco.com are approved for this grant.

REIMBURSEMENT OPTION:
—You can make purchases out of pocket, in-store or online, and be reimbursed up to $500 for approved items.
—You can submit up to a maximum of 5 receipts. —In store receipts must be original register receipt.
—Private seller receipts like garage sales or items purchased via Craigslist must have theDate of Purchase, Sellers Name, Address, Phone Number, and Signature.

Receipt Attestation

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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:
Lea el contrato completo
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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?



 

Provider Appreciation Day Materials

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Thank YOU FOR TAKING CARE OF MEOCFS CARD FOR WEB

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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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