Free 5.75hr. Health and Safety Training for Legally-Exempt Providers

Used to fulfill the federal health and safety requirements and NYSOCFS training topics in:

–Nutrition and health needs infants and children
–Safety and security procedures
–Business record maintenance and management
–Child abuse and maltreatment identification and prevention
–Statutes and regulations pertaining to child day care
–Statutes and regulations pertaining to child abuse
–Education, identification, diagnosis and prevention of shaken baby syndrome
–All classes take place on Saturdays from 9am-3:30pm with registration beginning at 8:30am.
–Morning refreshments and lunch provided.

Legally-exempt child care providers who have completed 10 or more hours of training are eligible to receive an enhanced rate from their Local Department of Social Services (LDSS).

Take Child Care Business Courses Online!

Free Online Courses Developed by Industry Expert Tom Copeland
The VOICE/CSEA Professional Development Child Care Program is offering 6 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 Basics of Family Child Care Record Keeping and Taxes; The Business of Family Child Care; Family Child Care contracts and Policies; Marketing Your Business; Money Management and Retirement Planning; Reducing Your Risks and Legal and Insurance Issues.

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

Register online now for the Sept. and Oct. Child Care Summits!

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Attend whichever summit is more convenient for you! Register today!



 

Getting it right for our Babies

Please watch and share this video created by the Center for the Study of Child Care and WestEd’s For Our Babies . It does a good job outlining pressing child care issues, what we can do as advocates for working families, ourselves as childcare professionals, community members and parents.

About the video: “With the average cost of child care in the U.S. equaling college tuition and millions of early childhood educators facing wages so low they often struggle to support their own families, WestEd’s For Our Babies and the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment released a new animated video to help people understand the challenges facing families, babies, and the teachers that work with them. Through the story of baby Eva, her parents who need care for her while they work, and infant/toddler teachers Nora and Carmen, we discover a broken system that needs our immediate attention. “Getting it Right for our Babies” presents three key strategies to right this situation in the United States: paid parental leave; affordable, quality child care; and investment in teachers.”



 

Take ‘Foundations of Health & Safety’ training online for FREE

SAFETY

Get a Jumpstart Now!
New federally required child care training due by 9/30/17

By now you should have received an important ‘Dear Provider letter’ from OCFS about a new federally mandated training requirement that must be completed by September 30, 2017. Please see below for links. ALL individuals (including on-site providers and assistants) working in early learning and care settings – family, group family, legally-exempt, and centers – will need to complete the new training called ‘Foundations in Health and Safety’ before September 30, 2017.

READ/PRINT OCFS ‘DEAR PROVIDER LETTER’ TO FAMILY CHILDCARE PROVIDERS
READ/PRINT OCFS ‘DEAR PROVIDER LETTER’ TO LEGALLY-EXEMPT PROVIDERS

OCFS developed this course to satisfy new federal standards that states are required to meet as a result of the Child Care Development Block Grant Re-authorization Bill passed by the U.S. Congress in 2014. The course is available online – at no cost to you – through SUNY Professional Development Program.

It is a self-directed; 5 hour web-based training is available to you and your staff members at any time – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The web application will save your progress and allow you up to 30 days to complete the entire course.

Click here to link to the OCFS website for information
Click here to complete the training online for free

**Of you cannot take this online or have trouble accessing the link, please call the Work Institute at 855-472-6848.

The course will soon be offered in Spanish and Mandarin. If you have questions, give us a call at 877-483-CSEA (2732). We encourage you to get started soon so that you will be in compliance when this new regulation rolls out! 

If you do not complete this training by September 30, you will be out of compliance. Providers who are out of compliance will not be paid by DSS if they do not complete the training by September 30. 



 

2017 Child Care Summit

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Join us for the 2017 Child Care Summits! All summits will follow the same program. Attend the location that is easiest for you! There are two dates and locations left to attend:

Saturday, September 16  in Albany

Saturday, October 14 in Nassau, Long Island


SUMMIT PROGRAM

9-10 a.m. – CHECK-IN (we will offer light breakfast fare) and information tables ; CSEA insurances and other programs.

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – PROGRAM

— Meet your CSEA and VOICE officers, Chapter Representatives and leaders!
— Learn the history of our Union and CSEA/VOICE Local 100A ( slide show)
— Building more Union Power; what are we doing, what can we do better, strength in numbers, advocating for families and family child care.
— Political Action – Meet elected officials (to be determined) and discuss need for support $$ in the state budget for child care.

12 – 1 p.m. – LUNCH (hot and cold buffet)

1:30 – 3 p.m.   WORKSHOP: Advocacy workshop with training credits in three break-out rooms.  This part of the day is *optional.  Folks that would like to stay for the workshops/training credits will *register separately.  Those who choose not to stay, can depart after lunch.


REGISTER ONLINE RIGHT HERE!

PRINT a ‘Save The Date’ for your bulletin board or fridge: 
Saturday, September 16 – Albany, NY
Saturday,  October 14 – Nassau, Long Island, NY

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¡ACTUALIZACIONES! Durante nuestra última reunión/entrenamiento, el comité CSEA/VOICE DSS presentó preguntas de nuestros miembros. Hubo una discusión abierta con los proveedores y funcionarios de DSS durante y después de la reunión. Mantenga sus ojos abiertos para más información de entrenamientos gratis como éste por correo electrónico y el calendario de eventos CSEA/VOICE voicecsea.org/events. También hemos sido informados por Nassau DSS que el portal Web https://apps.nassaucountyny.gov/dss ahora está funcionando. Si tiene algún problema por favor háganoslo saber.

¡NUEVA OPORTUNIDAD! Es con gran orgullo que anunciamos que el Equipo DSS del Condado de Nassau busca ampliar el comité. Nuestro trabajo ha sido vital para los proveedores a través de los años y se necesitan manos adicionales a bordo ya que nuestra membresía ha crecido.

DESCARGAR APLICACIÓN

Muchos miembros de CSEA/VOICE sirven a familias elegibles y reciben subsidios para el cuidado de niños. Los miembros del equipo de DSS trabajan con los miembros de VOICE, el DSS del condado de Nassau y el personal de CSEA/VOICE para resolver los problemas de pago del DSS y mejorar el sistema de subsidios para satisfacer mejor las necesidades de los proveedores, los niños y familias a quienes servimos. Los equipos de DSS y CSEA/VOICE trabajan para asegurar el finaciamiento local, estatal y federal para subsidios de cuidado infantil para familias trabajadoras.

Los miembros deben estar disponibles para reunirse en persona y por teléfono según sea necesario y asistir a las reuniones de Capítulo de CSEA/VOICE en el condado de Nassau.

Si le gustaría ser considerado para servir como miembro del equipo de DSS del condado de Nassau de CSEA/VOICE, favor de completar la solicitud y envíela a la representante de capítulo, Lisa Price al correo electrónico lprice.voice@gmail.com.

Si está interesado y tiene preguntas o desea más información sobre el trabajo del equipo, comuníquese con Lisa Price al (516) 457-3447.

CSEA/VOICE Monroe DSS Team Seeks Members to Expand

It is with great pride that we announce the Monroe County DSS Team seeks to expand the committee by an additional member. Our work has been vital for providers over the years and an additional hand on deck is needed since our membership has grown.

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Descargar aplicación en español
Las solicitudes deben ser devueltas antes del viernes 3 de marzo de 2017 para ser consideradas

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION
Applications must be returned by Friday, March 3, 2017 to be considered.

What does a DSS Team member do?
Many members of CSEA/VOICE serve families eligible for and receiving child care subsidies. Members of the DSS team work with VOICE members, Erie County DSS and CSEA/VOICE staff to resolve DSS payment problems and make improvements to the subsidy system so that it better meets the needs of providers and the children and families we serve. CSEA/VOICE DSS teams work to secure local, state and federal funding for child care subsidies for working families.

Members must be available to meet in-person and by phone as needed and attend CSEA/VOICE Chapter meetings in Erie County.

If you would like to be considered to serve on the CSEA/VOICE Monroe County DSS Team, please complete the application and return it to:

Ronora James
277 Woodbine Avenue
Rochester, NY 14619

If you are interested and have questions or would like more information about the work of the team, contact Ronora James at (585) 328-6459 or email ronora@orasplace.net.  

El Equipo de DSS del condado de Monroe busca expandir el comité por un miembro adicional:

Es con gran orgullo que anunciamos que el Equipo de DSS del condado de Monroe busca expandir el comité por un miembro adicional. Nuestro trabajo ha sido vital para los proveedores a través de los años y una mano adicional es necesaria ya que nuestra membresía ha crecido.

DESCARGAR APLICACIÓN
Las solicitudes deben ser devueltas antes del viernes 3 de marzo de 2017 para ser consideradas

 ¿Qué hace un miembro del Equipo de DSS?

Muchos miembros de CSEA/VOICE sirven a familias elegibles y reciben subsidios para el cuidado de niños.  Los miembros del equipo de DSS trabajan con los miembros de VOICE, DSS del condado de Erie y el personal de CSEA/VOICE para resolver los problemas de pago del DSS y hacer mejoras al sistema de subsidios para satisfacer mejor las necesidades de los proveedores, los niños y familias a quienes servimos.  Los equipos de CSEA/VOICE DSS trabajan para asegurar fondos locales, estatales y federales para subsidios de cuidado de niños para familias trabajadoras.

Los miembros deben estar disponibles para reunirse en persona y por teléfono, según sea necesario, y asistir a las reuniones de Capítulo de CSEA/VOICE en el condado de Erie.

 Si desea ser considerado como miembro del Equipo DSS del Condado de Monroe de CSEA/VOICE, complete la aplicación y devuélvala a:

Ronora James
277 Woodbine Avenue
Rochester, NY 14619

Si usted está interesado y tiene preguntas o desea más información sobre el trabajo del equipo, póngase en contacto con Ronora James al (585) 328-6459 o correo electrónico ronora@orasplace.net.

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 through September 30, 2017.

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).