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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Children cannot be without competent supervision at any time.

This is the main topic of the latest “Dear Provider” letter from OCFS. In this letter, OCFS includes helpful tips to maintain compliance with supervision regulations and make sure that children are safe and accounted for at all times. Be sure to read their recommended strategies linked below.
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In English:
http://ocfs.ny.gov/main/childcare/letterstoproviders/2017/Dear-Provider-Oct2017.pdf

En español:
http://ocfs.ny.gov/main/childcare/letterstoproviders/2017/Dear-Provider-Oct2017-S.pdf


 

CSEA Child Care Contract Negotiations – 2017 Member Survey

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Lee la carta en español aquí
Haga clic para la encuesta (en Español)
Complete the survey online (in English)

 

Dear CSEA/VOICE Local 100 A and CCPT Local 100B members,

We will soon begin to negotiate our third family child care contract with the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) and New York State. Our CSEA Child Care negotiating team is made up of a diverse group of our members representing communities across the state.

The last two rounds of contract negotiations resulted in new resources and programs for family child care providers across the state: $500 Quality Program Grants; Professional Development Opportunities; First Aid / CPR; Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Rebates and Vision/Dental at no cost. Our CSEA Child Care contract led to the first licensing / registration dispute resolution process in NY and more flexible adult/child ratios for providers and families that expanded earning potential for providers.

We are gathering information from our members across the state about how the programs we have negotiated and developed for family child care providers benefit you and the children and families enrolled in your program. The information you share is confidential and will help us negotiate a third contract that reflects the priorities of our members across the state.

I urge you to help us by taking ten minutes to COMPLETE THIS SURVEY ONLINE. If you prefer, you can download a print copy in English or download a print copy in Spanish, complete it and mail it back to us at CSEA Child Care Programs, 143 Washington Ave. Albany, NY 12210 or you can call us at 877-483-2732 and we will send you a copy.

All surveys must be taken online or received by regular mail by September 8, 2017.

Sincerely,
Pam Wells, President
CSEA/VOICE Local 100A