New Legislation Prohibits Smoking

 

No_smoking_symbolHere is information about Bill A.397B/S.7522 signed by Governor Cuomo in August prohibiting smoking in facilities that provide child care services in NY. Watch for an OCFS “Dear Provider” letter for more information. We will post the information from the “Dear Provider” letter when it is released. https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/view_article.asp?ID=1738.


 

Important Epinephrine information from OCFS

 

1920px-Epi-Pen_2016OCFS posted guidance issued today by the NYS Department of Health on the Epipen shortage with recommendations for Child Care Providers. Please read this article: https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/view_article.asp?ID=1750. It outlines the supportive role we can have in keeping children safe by helping parents.

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2018 Credit Only Child Care Quality Grant App Period is CLOSED

Go to voicecsea.org/grant or click on the “Credit Only Grant App Period-OPEN” link in “Quick Links”


 

Members APPROVE NEW 4-year Contract!!

 

at ballot count 2018 VOICE

Pictured here is staff and CSEA members Mary Archambault, Janet Turner, and Allison Joseph who assisted with opening and counted ballots.

CSEA /VOICE Local 100A members ratified our third contract with OCFS and NYS.  An overwhelming majority of those voting said “YES”.  This is a four year contract (2017-2021) and will enable CSEA/VOICE to continue quality grant, professional development and vision/dental programs.  For more information, read the summary or full contract below or call us at 877-483-2732. 

Members:
Read the full contract or summary
Miembros:
Lea el contrato completo
 o resumen


Our Union is STRONG! 
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) dollar child care quality grants to providers who applied.
–Established a professional development fund for family child care.
–Partnered with OCFS to develop Legally-Exempt Enhanced Rate Training curriculum and program.
–Implemented Affordable Care Act health insurance rebates and vision/dental insurance at no cost to on-site providers.
–Secured Infant/Toddler reimbursement rates through age two (instead of 18 months).
–Secured mandatory minimum 5% rate differential for non-traditional hour care.
–Implemented a Fair Dispute Resolution Process for Payments and Inspections.
–Secured Guiding Principles (Provider Rights) to get the respect we deserve.

Because we have a 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 bilingual statewide family child care resource center to assist with registration, licensing, enrollment, and inspections; DSS payments; fraud investigations and training; CACFP, and professional development.
–Assists with CPS, fair hearings, OCFS license, registration, and enrollment 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 made provider payments more accurate and timely in more than a dozen counties across the state.

We remember what it was like before we had our union.  Do you?



 

Happy Provider Appreciation WEEK!

Provider Appreciation Day is officially May 11, 2018! 

The State of New York/Governor’s office issued a proclamation!
Also, OCFS has provided downloadable materials to help Providers celebrate the day including a coloring page for kids and special certificate for Providers and staff!

View/Read Proclamation
View/Download Additional Provider Appreciation Day Materials from OCFS

Thank you coloring pictureWorld's Best Provider
 

 

 

 

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Letter from OCFS regarding Market Rate Survey

 

DOWNLOAD/PRINT LETTER IN ENGLISH     DOWNLOAD/PRINT LETTER IN SPANISH

Haga clic aquí para traducción al español

April 2018

Dear Child Care Provider:

OCFS is inviting child care providers to take a short online survey about the rates they charge and their experiences with past Child Care Market Rate Surveys, if any. Please consider taking this important survey. The information that we gather will help us to:

–Make improvements in future market rate surveys, andphone survey
–Establish child care subsidy payment rates.

Here’s what you need to know about the survey:

–It is voluntary and confidential.
–It takes about 10 minutes.
–You will need to enter your license ID#, registration ID#, or NYC DOH permit #.
–It’s available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L7CXR3G
–The survey will be available online from NOW until May 20, 2018.

If you do not have access to a computer and you want to complete the survey, you can request a hardcopy through the mail. Requests received by May 18, 2018 will be processed. Mail your request to:

Division of Child Care Services
New York State Office of Children and Family Services
52 Washington Street
Rensselaer, NY 12144

If you have questions about the online survey, please call us at (518) 474-9454.

Thank you!

Sincerely,

Janice Molnar
Deputy Commissioner
Division of Child Care Services


 

State approved training

 

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 or Licensed Group Family as well as 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).


 

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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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.


 

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.