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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2018 Credit Only Child Care Quality Grant App Period is OPEN!

Go to voicecsea.org/grant or click on the “Credit Only Grant App Period-OPEN” link in “Quick Links”


 

2018 Credit Only Child Care Quality Grant

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.

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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 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.

YOU MUST APPLY ONLINE FOR THIS ROUND OF GRANTS:

—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.

 


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
 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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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.