CPR/First Aid Training Program

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Maryann Arroyo, CSEA/VOICE, Local 100A Nassau Chapter member and a Group Family Provider, is seen here in action, teaching CPR/1st Aid to fellow providers on Long Island. A certified instructor, she is very excited to be a part of the union’s CPR Program. Dozens of classes are scheduled through the rest of this year, with more added regularly, across the state. CSEA has partnered with the American Red Cross, National Safety Council, REMO-EMS and other certfied groups to deliver CPR/1st Aid classes at no cost to Family, Group Family and Legally Exempt providers, their staff and substitutes.




CSEA/VOICE is covering the cost for CPR/First Aid training in your area. There is no cost to registered, licensed and legally-exempt child care providers, their staff and substitutes. This is paid for by the professional development funds negotiated for in our second union contract.

Providers; find a training near you at http://voicecsea.org/events/

If you have any further questions, call toll free at 1-855-472-6848 and ask for Jessie.


CSEA/VOICE to Officials: ‘slots at risk if no added funding’

IMG_0009crop_edited-1Fran Turner, CSEA Legislative and Political Action Director, recently testified at a public hearing hosted by the NYS Assembly Committee on Children and Families. The subject was “Child Care Assistance for Low-Income Families” – specifically focusing on how implementing the federal child care block grant (CCDBG) re-authorization will impact child care subsidies in New York.   New federal requirements include FBI background clearances and fingerprints; annual health and safety training in ten topic areas, including First Aid/CPR for all child care workers;and extending parent eligibility from six to 12 months.

IMG_0044_cropbigscreen_edited-1Turner and the other ten child care advocates who testified, all spoke to the urgent need for New York to increase its investment in child care subsidies. Without a substantial increase in child care spending in this year’s budget, the cost to implement the new federal requirements will drastically cut the number of children and families receiving child care subsidies.

OCFS is required to submit an implementation plan to the federal government. It will release its CCDF plan to the federal government by March 1. Before then, we will have opportunities to testify at public hearings in mid-January (NYC, Rochester, Albany) and to submit written comments. We anticipate that NYS will have to make additional changes through legislation and regulation to comply with the new federal standards.

Before the year ends, the federal government will pass a budget that includes $326 million for the Child Care Development Block Grant – the funds that are allocated to states for child care subsidies. Although this is the largest increase in CCDBG funding in 15 years, it is not nearly enough to cover the costs to states to implement the new federal standards.   We anticipate that New York’s share from this year’s CCDBG allocation will be about 14.6 million – far less than the $200 million we estimate the cost to be.

We will keep you updated on state and federal CCDBG policy and funding.


Monroe County Payment Issue: Union action yields solid relationships and mounting pressure


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CSEA/VOICE leader and DHS Committee member Ronora James cradles one of the children in her child care. The DHS committee have been meeting with DHS on a regular basis to come to a solution to improve and end the payment issues in Monroe County.

Union strength and solidarity in action by CSEA/VOICE Monroe County Chapter members is yielding a solid, productive relationship with the Department of Human Services and mounting pressure on Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and the Legislature to do what is right to fix child care subsidy payment problems.

A full update will be printed in the next edition of the CSEA/VOICE Work Force newspaper.

Read and watch the latest clips of CSEA/VOICE working to solve the subsidy payment issue in the news and browse pictures from the latest meetings and actions via the links below:

Photos from the July 7 action on subsidy payments
The story that launched it all:
7/8/15 Daycare providers: Monroe County must provide subsides on time
Photos from the rescheduled July 28th meeting with DHS

VOICE/CSEA continues the conversation toward real solutions:
8/10/15 Daycares frustrated over county payments
Community leaders step in to voice their support for providers and mount additional pressure on County Executive and Legislature:
8/11/15 End late payments to child care providers
8/11/15 Frankel decries late county day care payments


VOICE/CSEA calls for end to late payments and late decision notices in Monroe County

monroe voiceVOICE/CSEA child care providers from Monroe County, parents and community members met Tuesday to discuss how late and short payments have adversely affected child care programs. County officials canceled shortly before the meeting was to begin.

CSEA has long promoted access to quality child care as one the most important investments our communities can make toward breaking the cycle of poverty and giving struggling families a leg up.

“We’re disappointed that county officials didn’t show up, but we look forward to scheduling another meeting with them where providers and parents can have a voice,” CSEA Western Region President Flo Tripi said.
WATCH WROC-TV8 VIDEO COVERAGE: Daycare providers: Monroe County must provide subsidy payments on time




Three AAA officials counted ballots for nearly four hours to determine the outcome of the contract ratification by members at CSEA headquarters on June 1.

The American Arbitration Association conducted a ballot count at CSEA Headquarters on June 1. CSEA’s 100A and 100B members (VOICE and CCPT) voted decisively to ratify a second child care contract. More than 99 percent of those casting ballots voted yes. Work is underway now with the NY Department of Health and Office of Children and Family Services to implement the new contract which includes health care rebates, supplemental vision and dental insurance, program grants and professional development. See below for highlights.

Because we have a strong base of dues-paying members, we have reached a second child care Tentative Agreement with the NYS Office of Children and Family Services that exceeds our expectations in these hard times for working families.

Highlights of the four-year agreement (October 2013 through September, 2017) include:

  • $500 Child Care Quality Grants ($16,433,500).
  • Expanded Professional Development Fund ($8,566,500).
  • Health insurance premium rebates (NYState of Health Exchange) and supplemental insurance (vision and dental) ($19 million).
  • Fair Dispute Resolution Process for Payments and Inspections.
  • Guiding Principles (Provider Rights) – to make sure we get the respect we deserve.

Download Detailed Contract Summary.
Download Ballot Instructions and Voting Procedures.

Since 2002, we’ve built a strong union that supports child care providers to deliver early learning and care. We’ve taken action and accomplished many of the goals set by our members at regional, statewide, and chapter meetings. In addition to delivering more than 19,000 five hundred dollar ($500) child care quality grants to providers who applied, VOICE/CSEA:

  • Established the first statewide family child care resource center to support providers and assist with registration, licensing, and inspections; DSS payments; fraud investigations; CACFP; and professional development.
  • Provides assistance with CPS, fair hearings, OCFS license/registration enforcement procedures, and zoning issues.
  • Passed legislation to make adult-child ratios more flexible for providers and families. With the new ratios, family child care businesses had the potential to earn $7,000 to $15,000 more annually in parent fees.
  • Protected and restored parent eligibility in counties across the state and secured $55 million in new dollars in last year’s state budget for child care subsidies for working families.

With the expansion of pre-k and new federal requirements for subsidy dollars, times are harder than ever for family child care providers. VOICE/CSEA gives family child care providers power and resources we never had before to safeguard family child care and sustain their businesses. With a strong membership base, our union will continue to negotiate and deliver resources, support and services to providers across New York.

Si usted desea una copia traducida al Español, por favor llame al Centro de Recursos para el cuidado de niños al (877) 483-CSEA (2732).

VOTE on August 9, 2016

Voting vital for child care success
It is more important than ever, especially during these hard economic times as decision makers and leaders are making “tough choices” to manage local and state budgets, that the voices of all working families be heard.

Attn. Westchester County Chapter members; special election vital to child care.
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