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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

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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. 



 

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).


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CSEA/VOICE Tuition Assistance Program

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CSEA/VOICE is pleased to announce that tuition assistance is once again available 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 reimburse up to $275 per credit hour for courses up to four credits for a total of four reimbursements.

Reimbursements will be honored for courses that start on or before September 30, 2017.

Tuition Reimbursement Application



 

CSEA/VOICE (CDA) Scholarship Program (Child Development Associate Credential)

CSEA/VOICE is pleased to announce that a CDA Scholarship program, negotiated in our second union contract, is 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.

Scholarships are available through September 30, 2017. 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



Gov. Announces Emergency Regulations for Child Care

The NYS Office of Children and Family Services posted a new emergency regulation to improve the safety and accountability of child care programs in New York State. The regulations define the conditions under which the state may revoke or suspend a provider’s licenses and increase penalties for serious violations of child care health and safety standards and expanding enforcement for illegally operating child care programs. To read the regulation and information about it, click on this link:

http://ocfs.ny.gov/main/legal/Regulatory/er/default.asp#daycare-safety.

CSEA/VOICE encouraged participation of our members and OCFS received comments until September 12, 2016. 



New Market Rates

Please read the following Local Commissioners Memorandum. It advises the local departments of social services of the regulations adoptions related to market rates and the max reimbursements for child care subsidies:  Local Commissioners Memorandum

The OCFS comment period on the new market rates has ended but please be sure to read the following new market rate regulations. Please click on the link “Regulations”. This will bring up a Word document with the new market rate regulations:
http://ocfs.ny.gov/main/legal/Regulatory/pc/
Go to this link to see the Market Rates for your area: http://docs.dos.ny.gov/info/register/2016/june15/pdf/rulemaking.pdf
Click here to learn more…
Market rate changes explained.
We are here to help. If you would like assistance or have questions, call us at 877-483-2732 or contact Ed, Bonnie or Wendy – your Early Learning and Care Representatives.



 

Westchester Chapter fights to fix subsidy payment issues

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7/26/16 UPDATE: CSEA/VOICE Local 100A and CSEA Southern Region President Billy Riccaldo joined by the Child Care Council met again this morning with the Board of Legislators and DSS Commissioner, Kevin McGuire to move forward on fixing the subsidy payment issues for providers, including back pay owed to providers due to County error in rates. Chairman Boykin suggested creating a special workgroup to convene in the coming weeks.

CSEA/VOICE recently spoke out about the late and inaccurate subsidy payments that have been causing hardship for providers in Westchester County in the press. Here is a story which aired on Fios 1-TV. Our very own Cynthia Bolding, Westchester Chapter Representative, is featured in the story. Other stories ran in the Lower Hudson Valley media market as well. Interestingly, within hours after the FIos story aired, the Social Services Commissioner RSVP’d his attendance for the 7/26 meeting.

FIOS 1-TV News story
Read the Press Release