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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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
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 enrollment/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 available. This program is open to NYS Registered Family, Licensed Group Family and Legally Exempt childcare providers outside of New York City.

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/enrollment 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 April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019.

Tuition Reimbursement Application

Tuition Voucher Application

2018 – 2019 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