Provider Appreciation Day Materials

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Thank YOU FOR TAKING CARE OF MEOCFS CARD FOR WEB

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Happy Provider Appreciation WEEK!

Provider Appreciation Day is officially May 11, 2018! 

The State of New York/Governor’s office issued a proclamation!
Also, OCFS has provided downloadable materials to help Providers celebrate the day including a coloring page for kids and special certificate for Providers and staff!

View/Read Proclamation
View/Download Additional Provider Appreciation Day Materials from OCFS

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Letter from OCFS regarding Market Rate Survey

 

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April 2018

Dear Child Care Provider:

OCFS is inviting child care providers to take a short online survey about the rates they charge and their experiences with past Child Care Market Rate Surveys, if any. Please consider taking this important survey. The information that we gather will help us to:

–Make improvements in future market rate surveys, andphone survey
–Establish child care subsidy payment rates.

Here’s what you need to know about the survey:

–It is voluntary and confidential.
–It takes about 10 minutes.
–You will need to enter your license ID#, registration ID#, or NYC DOH permit #.
–It’s available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L7CXR3G
–The survey will be available online from NOW until May 20, 2018.

If you do not have access to a computer and you want to complete the survey, you can request a hardcopy through the mail. Requests received by May 18, 2018 will be processed. Mail your request to:

Division of Child Care Services
New York State Office of Children and Family Services
52 Washington Street
Rensselaer, NY 12144

If you have questions about the online survey, please call us at (518) 474-9454.

Thank you!

Sincerely,

Janice Molnar
Deputy Commissioner
Division of Child Care Services


 

Join us at the NYAEYC Annual Conference

Online Registration Closes THIS FRIDAY, April 13th!

PLEASE NOTE: Package As, a la carte meals, and boxed lunches will NOT be available with on-site registrations.

CSEA/VOICE is partnering again this year to bring national expert Tom Copeland to New York. CSEA/VOICE will cover your conference registration fees for all licensed group family and registered family child care providers (outside of NYC).

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 All registration fees paid by CSEA/VOICE!
This is a great professional conference. Network with other family child care providers and earn training credits!

Get your payment code:   https://csealearningcenter.org/grants/cseanaeyc.cfm.
Provide your CSEA ID number and daycare license number and choose a package.  Once you receive your code, you can register with NYAEYC directly by going to the NYAEYC registration portal at: https://www.eventsforce.net/nysaeyc/frontend/reg/tSelectBookingMode.csp?pageID=249&eventID=2&tempPersonID=1966&eventID=2.

NYAEYC Conference Registration Instructions
In addition to the instructions above, please note: when given the choice between “Credit and Invoice”, please choose “Invoice.” You will see a balance but, that is OK. Proceed with registering and retain the invoice document for your own records.

If you can’t make the whole conference and live nearby, you can register for one day.
For more information including your CSEA ID number, email voice@voicecseainc.org or call 877-483-2732.


 

2018 Child Care Quality Grant Program – REGISTRATION IS CLOSED!

 The grant period is currently CLOSED! 


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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.

For fastest processing click the “Apply Online” button below. Please make sure to check that you have completed all sections.
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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 Enrolled Legally-Exempt child care provider.

The 2018 Quality Grant 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.

You have 2 grant options:
CREDIT OPTION:

—You can choose between either Kaplan Early Learning Company or Becker School Supplies.

—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 http://voicecsea.kaplanco.com and shopbecker.com/voicecsea 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 the Date of Purchase, Sellers Name, Address, Phone number, and Signature.

Download/Print:

Receipt Attestation Document

2018 Grant Application in English 

Solicitud de subvención 2018 en español


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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Free Online Courses Developed by Industry Expert Tom Copeland

The VOICE/CSEA Professional Development Child Care Program is offering 3 online training courses on “The Business of Family Child Care” topics. Each course provides 1.5 OCFS approved training hours and is eligible for Educational Incentive Program (EIP) funding if applicable.

The online courses provide a supportive learning environment, accessible to providers at any time of the day or night. The following CSEA online courses were reviewed and approved by OCFS as non-credit bearing distance learning training that meets the criteria for training hours: The Business of Family Child Care; Marketing Your Business; Reducing Your Risks and Legal and Insurance Issues.

To take these courses: https://csealearningcenter.org/help/login.cfm?CCA=1

 

What you need to know re: NEW Paid Family Leave Program

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s landmark Paid Family Leave has already launched. New Yorkers now have job-protected, paid time off to bond with a new child, care for a family member with a serious health condition, or help relieve family pressures when a loved one is called to active military service abroad. There are many resources available to help employees and employers understand this great benefit. Visit ny.gov/PaidFamilyLeave to access:

Paid Family Leave Forms: Download all the forms needed to request Paid Family Leave or waive coverage.

Frequently Asked Questions: Get answers to questions on benefits, funding, eligibility, taking Paid Family Leave, and more.

Model Language for Written Materials: Access language on Paid Family Leave that employers can customize and print to use for handbooks and other written guidance for employees.

Downloadable Guides: View fact sheets and FAQs that will help answer questions about Paid Family Leave and how it’s applied.

Payroll Deduction Calculator: Calculate weekly payroll deductions with this easy-to-use tool.

Employer and Employee Recorded Presentations: View presentations for employees and employers explaining Paid Family Leave, including the three uses of Paid Family Leave, benefits, eligibility and the request process.

Notices: Employers can download a template for notifying employees of payroll deductions and an Employee Statement of Rights.

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As of January 1, 2018, almost all employees who work for private employers in New York will have access to Paid Family Leave — an employee-funded insurance policy that provides job-protected, paid time off to bond with a new child, care for a sick family member, or help relieve pressures when a family member is called to active military service abroad. Benefits phase in over four years. In 2018, employees can take up to eight weeks of paid time off at 50% of their average weekly wage (AWW), capped at 50% of the New York State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW). By 2021, employees will be able to take up to 12 weeks at 67% of their AWW, capped at 67% of the SAWW.

For more information on Paid Family Leave, visit ny.gov/PaidFamilyLeave or call the Paid Family Leave Helpline at (844) 337-6303.


 

2017-2018 CSEA/VOICE Action Plan

If you cannot see the images below view the Action Plan
via this link: 2017-2018 CSEA/VOICE Action Plan

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