“How You Can Survive This” – FREE WEBINAR!

You can listen to this free webinar titled “How Your Family Child Care Program Can Survive This Financial Crisis” presented by Tom Copeland, the recognized national expert in the business of family child care.  Go to the webinar online!

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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❗️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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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



 

COVID TESTING for Providers and Staff

The Department of Health has changed its protocol for essential workers and COVID19 testing. Child care providers and staff can now be tested at locations across the state simply by calling 1-888-364-3605 or visiting covid19screening.health.ny.gov. 

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Small Business Loans and Financial Resources

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Here are the links to the SBA Loans that are available:

https://esd.ny.gov/small-business-administration-sba-covid-19-loans

How to Apply:  Please contact the local SBA District Office or your local small business development center if you are interested in applying for your assistance through these programs.

The NYS Small Business Development Center network recommends submitting a request for assistance online at http://nyssbdc.org/appointment.html.  You may also find guidance through your local bank.

Unemployment Insurance for family and group family childcare providers: Use this link to file a claim: https://www.labor.ny.gov/ui/how_to_file_claim.shtm



 

Economic Federal Relief Package

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Please review this UPDATED SUMMARY of the federal relief package that cleared both houses of Congress and was signed by the President. Our international affiliate, AFSCME has prepared this summary specifically for family child care providers. We emailed information to you isolating the pertinent parts of the general report on March 31. This is their dedicated report for child care providers which has additional information.

UPDATED SUMMARYhttp://voicecsea.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/FCCCARESact-summary1.pdf

FULL SUMMARY:  http://voicecsea.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/CARES-Act-Summary-PDF.pdf