Your Voice Can Make a Difference—Tell us your story

2shareyourstoryState and County lawmakers rely on hearing from the public to decide what kind of funding and eligibility to give to child care. Stories from parents can help shape how lawmakers prioritize what our communities’ need.  Personal experiences in dealing with the child care subsidy system are incredibly valuable and vital for our leaders to hear right now, as our State and Local Governments begin to make key budget decisions that can directly affect our access to child care subsidies.

You can have a huge impact on whether policymakers work to make child care more affordable by helping them recognize that our communities need better access to child care for parents to work, climb the career ladder, move ahead and for our children to receive the solid foundation and education we need for our communities to thrive.

We need your stories to help us create an accurate statewide report that will illustrate the reality parents face in finding and keeping quality child care; simple stories that just tell it like it is.

Can you answer these questions?

–Is affording child care a challenge you face?
–Have you had a reduction in child care access recently?
–How has that affected your family?

–Has access to child care been threatened for you and your child?
–What have you had to do to get by?

–What are your worries for your child if he/she doesn’t have access to child care?
–What are your worries for your employment status?
–Have you gotten into trouble at work because of unreliable child care?

–Have you lost a job because you no longer qualify for a subsidy?
–Have you had to resort to full assistance/welfare because of losing a childcare subsidy?

Well, then we would love to hear from you!

Your voice is essential to ensure that our leaders understand how important access to child care is for working families.

**Please share your story through the following web form by January 15, 2018:

CLICK HERE FOR WEB FORM

Thanks for your help on this big project. We appreciate all of your time and effort.

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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Professional Development Programs Renewed

Professional Development is a big part of our successful contract negotiations allowing us to offer incredible development opportunities for child care providers across New York State. Here are some great programs currently on offer.  Click each link and explore a whole world of opportunities:

Professional Development Program
CDA Scholarship Program
Tuition Assistance Program
Business Online Training Courses
CPR/First Aid

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) child care quality grants to providers who applied
— established a professional development fund for family child care;
— implemented Affordable Care Act health insurance rebates and vision/dental insurance;
— implemented a Fair Dispute Resolution Process for Payments and Inspections;
— secured Guiding Principles (Provider Rights) to get the respect we deserve.

Because we have 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 bi-lingual statewide family child care resource center to assist with registration, licensing, and inspections; DSS payments; fraud investigations and training; CACFP, and professional development.
— assists with CPS, fair hearings, OCFS license and registration 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 improved provider payments in more than a dozen counties across the state.


 

Summits affirm commitment to child care and our union

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CSEA Local 100A Treasurer Sally Heater, U.S Congressman Paul Tonko, Dutchess Chapter Rep. Nikki Johnson and CSEA Local 100A President Pam Wells, pose with Senator Tonko after he committed to prioritizing children, families and childcare at the Albany Summit.

After months of Chapter meetings and conversations with members at their homes and on the phone,  more than 220 CSEA/VOICE members came out in Rochester on May 20, in Albany on September 16, and in Uniondale, Long Island on October 14 to celebrate our accomplishments, ratify our action plan for the next two years and talk child care with elected officials.

We told our story from the very beginning, starting in Albany in 2002, when family child care providers didn’t even have the right to form a union right up to announcing the happy news that we have our third Tentative Agreement with OCFS and NYS.

We recognized that working together, we are stronger. We have come a long way indeed!

Elected officials joined us – all committing to work to expand funding for child care in New York and Washington DC to support working families and those of us who deliver quality early learning and care every day. U.S. Congressman Paul Tonko, New York Senators Elaine Phillips and Rich Funke, New York State Assembly-members Michaelle Solages, Patricia Fahey, and Harry Bronson all stood in person, in front of our membership and pledged to advance child care for us and working families across the state.

We enjoyed catching up and welcoming new members over a sit-down lunch.  Some folks stayed for the afternoon workshops and headed home with a training certificate in hand.

Enjoy photos from the Rochester Summit
Enjoy photos from the Albany Summit
Enjoy photos from the Long Island Summit


 

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CSEA/VOICE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING PROGRAM

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. There are 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.  Go to: https://csealearningcenter.org/grants/cseaprofdev.cfm and enter your license/registration number and CSEA ID,  then select a participating training organization where you would like to take training.

2. Now you must contact the participating training organization directly to REGISTER for training classes. You should have no out-of-pocket expense when using a participating provider. You may take as many classes as you like.

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 our Bi-lingual Child Care Resource Center at 877-483-CSEA (2732).


CSEA/VOICE Tuition Assistance Program

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CSEA/VOICE is offering tuition assistance once again to all NYS Registered Family or Licensed Group Family childcare providers outside of New York City taking credit-bearing coursework leading to an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Early Care Education or coursework toward a Child Development Associate Credential (CDA).

CSEA/VOICE can provide tuition vouchers or reimburse up to $285 per credit hour for courses up to four credits for a total of four vouchers and/or reimbursements between October 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018.

Tuition Reimbursement Application

Tuition Voucher Application

2017-2018 CSEA/VOICE Tuition Assistance Program Catalog



 

CSEA/VOICE (CDA) Scholarship Program (Child Development Associate Credential)

CSEA/VOICE is offering a CDA Scholarship program, negotiated in our second union contract, and available to all NYS Registered Family or Licensed Group Family childcare providers outside of New York City.

There are two ways to take advantage of this exciting new program. You can either have CSEA/VOICE pay the participating education institution directly via payment code or you can pay for it and be reimbursed up to $3,000.

You may receive a CSEA/VOICE CDA payment code by clicking on the link below and selecting a participating training provider or submit a CSEA/VOICE CDA reimbursement form for reimbursement of eligible expenses.

https://csealearningcenter.org/grants/CSEACDA.cfm

If you have any additional questions, please call the CSEA WORK Institute at 866-478-5548. You can find the application to download and print, below.

CDA Scholarship Reimbursement Application



CSEA/VOICE Tuition Assistance Program

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CSEA/VOICE is offering tuition assistance once again to all NYS Registered Family or Licensed Group Family childcare providers outside of New York City taking credit-bearing coursework leading to an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Early Care Education or coursework toward a Child Development Associate Credential (CDA).

CSEA/VOICE can provide tuition vouchers or reimburse up to $285 per credit hour for courses up to four credits for a total of four vouchers and/or reimbursements between October 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018.

Tuition Reimbursement Application

Tuition Voucher Application

2017-2018 CSEA/VOICE Tuition Assistance Program Catalog

Gov. Cuomo Announces “Emergency Regulations” for Child Care

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced new emergency regulations to improve the safety and accountability of child care programs in New York State. The regulations define the conditions under which the state may revoke or suspend a provider’s licenses and increase penalties for serious violations of child care health and safety standards. The Governor also announced that the state is expanding its enforcement for illegally operating child care programs as well…Read more of the Governor’s press release.