2020 Child Care Quality Grant – Application Period is OPEN!

THE GRANT APPLICATION  PERIOD IS 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 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.

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Mary E. Sullivan
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You can apply if:
You live outside NYC and are active as a New York State Registered Family OR a Licensed Group Family OR an eligible Enrolled Legally-Exempt child care provider.

Eligible Legally-Exempt child care providers must have 12 months of continuous enrollment and 10 hours of child care training in the last year.

You will need:

Your OCFS license, registration, or enrollment number and your CSEA ID.  If you don’t have your CSEA ID, click “Look up your CSEA ID!” in the upper right corner of this page.  If that doesn’t work, send an email to grant4u@cseainc.org.

The 2020 CSEA Child Care Quality Grant, negotiated in our VOICE contract, provides a grant up to $500 that can be used for the following:

— Program materials (Books, curriculum, toys, arts/crafts, etc)
— CPR/1st aid training
— General supplies (Diapers, batteries, napkins, etc)
—  Children’s furnishings (no adult furniture)
—  Anything necessary to stay in compliance
—  Computer hardware and software
—  Childcare Payroll
—  Food for the children in care
—  COVID-19 related cleaning and medical supplies
— Legal and professional services related to childcare     (accounting/bookkeeping)
— Advertising to promote the childcare business to remain open/boost enrollment

You must choose only one of two grant types:

 CREDIT − No out of pocket expenses!
$500 credit grants can be only be used with Kaplan Early Learning Company. You can place your order online or by phone starting two hours after your application is complete. All products listed on https://voicecsea.kaplanco.com/ are approved.

Kaplan has COVID/PPE related products in stock!

REIMBURSEMENT
If you prefer, you may pay directly and request reimbursement. Please allow time for your Social Security number to be verified with IRS. To do so, reimbursement applications must be in by Friday September 11. You will then receive an approval email updating your status and requesting a one-time upload to our grant site of up to 5 allowable receipts for purchases made between October 1, 2019 and September 15, 2020. Your receipts may total more than $500 but you will only be reimbursed up to a maximum of $500.  You will not be able to upload receipts until we send your approval email.

CSEA Child Care Quality Grant Reimbursements are taxable and you may be sent a 1099 form to file with your income taxes prior to January 31st for the prior calendar year.

DEADLINE
To be eligible, reimbursement grant applications must be in by midnight Friday, September 11. Credit applications must be in by September 15. Grant orders must be placed through Kaplan and all reimbursement receipts must be uploaded by close of business on September 15, 2020.


ALL USER ALERT: Due to planned system enhancements, you may experience intermittent issues with logging in or accessing your account on cseany.org and the My CSEA mobile app during the next two weeks. We apologize for any inconvenience and request your patience as we work to improve your online experience.


 

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Alert! Emergency Regulations

An emergency regulation is defined by OCFS as “a regulation that has been adopted on an expedited, temporary basis because the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) has determined that it is necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety or general welfare and that it would be contrary to the public interest to delay the adoption to comply with the ordinary process for adopting regulatory proposals.”

OCFS has adopted new emergency regulations in an effort to adjust to the pandemic environment we currently are working in.

READ EMERGENCY REGULATIONS HERE: https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/legal/regulatory/er/

There are three entries pertaining to family, group family and legally exempt child care providers.

—Notice of Emergency Adoption and Proposed Rulemaking – Amendments of Sections 413 & 415 of Title 18

—Notice of Emergency Adoption – Amendment of Part 415 of Title 18 of the NYCRR

—Notice of Emergency Adoption and Proposed Rule Making – Amendment to Parts 414, 415, 416, 417, and Sub-parts 418-1 and 418-2 of Title 18

Questions? Send an email to voice@cseainc.org



❗️TAKE ACTION FOR RELIEF NOW❗️*NEW $50 billion CHILD CARE RELIEF BILL ON THE TABLE

 

FamiliesEarnChildrenLearn [Converted] copyWe must act now! COVID-19 has wrecked our state and local budgets, and we can’t get back on track without federal aid. The child care sector has been devastated by the pandemic. Half of our child care programs have closed. How can families get back to work without child care?

Thankfully, some leaders in Congress are listening. They introduced the Child Care is Essential Act (HR 7027/S.3874), which would provide $50 billion for child care.

WE MUST URGE OUR  MEMBERS OF CONGRESS to push for $50 billion to support child care so people like us can keep working and working families can count on our businesses to provide them the quality care they have come to count on.

A recent survey indicates that without additional federal aid, at least 2 out of 5 child care programs will close permanently. The risk is even greater for minority-owned child care programs, where more than half will close without additional aid.

LET THEM HEAR US! We need relief NOW!!! 

CLICK –> https://actionnetwork.org/letters/tell-congress-child-care-providers-need-help-now/

Click on the link above and write to your members of Congress today, to urge them to support this aid. Use the suggested letter or tailor your message to be personal. Whichever way you choose, be sure to urge them to act immediately on a relief package that provides states, counties, cities and towns with needed aid to ensure essential services can continue, including keeping child care programs open. (The form will ask you to choose a “TOPIC.”  Please choose “social welfare.”)


Additional Resources

·       Fact sheet about need for child care support in New York state

·       Fact sheets about need for child care support in each state

·       Article from Forbes about child care center closures without relief

·       Letter from 22 attorneys general supporting increased child care funding


 

2020 Child Care Grant Application Period is OPEN!

 

 

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CSEA President, Mary E. Sullivan

President’s Welcome
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 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.  APPLY OR LEARN MORE
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NEW! Blended Learning CPR/First Aid & AED Trainings

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CSEA/VOICE is excited to bring you FREE Blended Online Learning CPR/First Aid & AED trainings with funds negotiated in our latest contract with OCFS and New York State.  The training is a flexible option that can be completed in the comfort of your home with a follow up in-person skills assessment with up to 90 days to complete. It is open to licensed, registered and enrolled child care providers, their staff, substitutes and volunteers requiring certification and/or renewal within 90 days.

 

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NEW! Blended Online Learning for CPR/First Aid & AED Trainings

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CSEA/VOICE is excited to bring you FREE Blended Online Learning CPR/First Aid & AED trainings with funds negotiated in our latest contract with OCFS and New York State.  The training is open to licensed, registered and enrolled child care providers, their staff, substitutes and volunteers requiring certification and/or renewal within 90 days.

1. To access the Blended Online Learning training, please login to your CSEA/VOICE CPR/First Aid & AED account, or create one if needed.

2. Once logged in select who will be taking the training; for assistants click on  “Assistant Accounts”.

3.  After the person is selected, click on the box that says “BLENDED ONLINE LEARNING”. You will enter your information to register & the trainer will follow up with you for the online course.

LOG IN & REGISTER ONLINE

Blended Online Learning CPR/First Aid & AED training is a flexible option that can be completed in the comfort of your home with a follow up in-person skills assessment with up to 90 days to complete. You will be provided access to an online training course by the instructor. After the online training is completed you must schedule with the corresponding training vendor for the in-person skills assessment. At that time, you will provide your online certificate. After completing the in-person skills assessment you will receive your certification.

For questions, email professional.development@cseainc.org.


CSEA/VOICE está entusiasmado a traerle entrenamientos GRATIS de Blended Online Learning CPR/First Aid & AED con fondos negociado en nuestro último contrato con OCFS y el estado de Nueva York. El entrenamiento está disponible para autorizados, registrados e inscritos proveedores de cuidado infantil, sus empleados, sustitutos y voluntarios cuales requieren certificación y/o renovación entre 90 días.

1.  Para acceder el entrenamiento de Blended Online Learning CPR/First Aid & AED, por favor entre a su cuenta de CSEA/VOICE CPR/First Aid & AED, o si es necesario crear uno.

2.  En su cuenta seleccionas quien va a tomar el entrenamiento; para asistentes toque el botón “Cuentas de Asistentes”.

3.  Después que una persona es seleccionada, darle clic en el botón “BLENDED ONLINE LEARNING”. Entre sus datos para registrarse y el entrenador va contactarle con su curso en línea.

INGRESAR Y REGISTRARSE EN LINEA

Blended Online Learning CPR/First Aid & AED entrenamiento es una opción flexible que puede ser completado en la comodidad de su casa con seguimiento de evaluación de habilidades en persona para ser completado ente 90 días. El entrenador él va dar acceso del curso en línea. Después de completar el entrenamiento en línea tienes que coordinar con el entrenador cual corresponde para la evaluación de habilidades en persona. En ese momento, tienes que presentar la certificación en línea. Después que completes la evaluación en persona vas a recibir su certificación.

Si tienes preguntas, mande un correo electrónico a professional.development@cseainc.org

Blended Online Learning

Blended Online Learning (CPR/First Aid & AED training) is a flexible option that can be completed in the comfort of your home with a follow up in-person skills assessment with up to 90 days to complete. You will be provided access to an online training course by the instructor. After the online training is completed you must schedule with the corresponding training vendor for the in-person skills assessment. At that time, you will provide your online certificate. After completing the in-person skills assessment you will receive your certification.

LOG IN & REGISTER ONLINE


En Español: 

Blended Online Learning (CPR/First Aid & AED) entrenamiento es una opción flexible que puede ser completado en la comodidad de su casa con seguimiento de evaluación de habilidades en persona para ser completado ente 90 días. El entrenador él va dar acceso del curso en línea. Después de completar el entrenamiento en línea tienes que coordinar con el entrenador cual corresponde para la evaluación de habilidades en persona. En ese momento, tienes que presentar la certificación en línea. Después que completes la evaluación en persona vas a recibir su certificación.

Por favor darle clic aquí para ingresar y registrarse en línea.

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Today is about you, so let us celebrate.

As part of my effort to recognize and appreciate each of you, let me start by sharing my gratitude for the love and commitment each of you hold for the children and families in our communities and the unity you share with one another.

You open your homes and heart each day. You hear “babies whispers” and you know just what to do; you connect, calm, and comfort while still caring for the others over two.

Over the last couple of months, each of you have been faced with challenges that you have never known before.  You showed courage, by your choice or not, to remain open or even to close your doors.  Often providers go unnoticed, nevertheless, please know, you are a hero for our children, working parents, and to me.

My hope for you today and always; may you have time to enjoy your most favorite thing to do.  May the love and dedication you share with the children come back double from the families that are fortunate to have you.
Enjoy your day!

Pam Wells
President, CSEA/VOICE Local 100A



 

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New York Will Apply COVID-19 Relief Funding to Child Care 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced recently that New York State will apply the federal “CARES Act” coronavirus aid to purchase supplies for child care providers whose programs remain open and provide child care scholarships, to all *essential workers (parents) starting Monday, April 20.

CARES Provider Supplies Purchasing Program – Child care providers statewide will be able to obtain supplies including masks, gloves, diapers, baby wipes, baby formula and food through this program. Child Care Resource and Referral Councils will receive grants totaling approximately $600 per provider. Providers looking for supplies should contact their CCRR.

https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/news/article.php?idx=2119

CARES Child Care Scholarship Parent Application – *Essential workers include first responders such as health care providers, pharmaceutical staff, law enforcement, firefighters, food delivery workers, grocery store employees and others who are needed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Child care costs will be covered with $30 million in federal CARES Act funding to essential staff whose income is less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level – or $78,600 for a family of four – and will be paid up to market rate for each region statewide.

https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/news/article.php?idx=2119