Your Voice Can Make a Difference—Tell us your story

2shareyourstoryState and County lawmakers rely on hearing from the public to decide what kind of funding and eligibility to give to child care. Stories from parents can help shape how lawmakers prioritize what our communities’ need.  Personal experiences in dealing with the child care subsidy system are incredibly valuable and vital for our leaders to hear right now, as our State and Local Governments begin to make key budget decisions that can directly affect our access to child care subsidies.

You can have a huge impact on whether policymakers work to make child care more affordable by helping them recognize that our communities need better access to child care for parents to work, climb the career ladder, move ahead and for our children to receive the solid foundation and education we need for our communities to thrive.

We need your stories to help us create an accurate statewide report that will illustrate the reality parents face in finding and keeping quality child care; simple stories that just tell it like it is.

Can you answer these questions?

–Is affording child care a challenge you face?
–Have you had a reduction in child care access recently?
–How has that affected your family?

–Has access to child care been threatened for you and your child?
–What have you had to do to get by?

–What are your worries for your child if he/she doesn’t have access to child care?
–What are your worries for your employment status?
–Have you gotten into trouble at work because of unreliable child care?

–Have you lost a job because you no longer qualify for a subsidy?
–Have you had to resort to full assistance/welfare because of losing a childcare subsidy?

Well, then we would love to hear from you!

Your voice is essential to ensure that our leaders understand how important access to child care is for working families.

**Please share your story through the following web form by January 15, 2018:

CLICK HERE FOR WEB FORM

Thanks for your help on this big project. We appreciate all of your time and effort.

2017-2018 CSEA/VOICE Action Plan

If you cannot see the images below view the Action Plan
via this link: 2017-2018 CSEA/VOICE Action Plan

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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.

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).


CSEA/VOICE Tuition Assistance Program

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CSEA/VOICE is offering tuition assistance once again 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 provide tuition vouchers or reimburse up to $285 per credit hour for courses up to four credits for a total of four vouchers and/or reimbursements between October 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018.

Tuition Reimbursement Application

Tuition Voucher Application

2017-2018 CSEA/VOICE Tuition Assistance Program Catalog



 

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

CSEA/VOICE is offering a CDA Scholarship program, negotiated in our second union contract, and 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.

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



CSEA/VOICE Tuition Assistance Program

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CSEA/VOICE is offering tuition assistance once again 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 provide tuition vouchers or reimburse up to $285 per credit hour for courses up to four credits for a total of four vouchers and/or reimbursements between October 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018.

Tuition Reimbursement Application

Tuition Voucher Application

2017-2018 CSEA/VOICE Tuition Assistance Program Catalog

Gov. Cuomo Announces “Emergency Regulations” for Child Care

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced new emergency regulations 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. The Governor also announced that the state is expanding its enforcement for illegally operating child care programs as well…Read more of the Governor’s press release.

OCFS MARKET RATE SURVEY BEGINS NEXT WEEK

Every two years, OCFS conducts a survey of the price of child care to private pay parents across New York state.  The data collected is used to determine the DSS subsidy reimbursement rate in your County.  The survey is conducted by phone and will happen over the next 12 weeks.  If you are called to participate, you will see “Mrkt Rate Srvy” on your caller ID.  If you cannot take time to answer the survey questions when you are called, you can still answer the call and make arrangements to do so at a time that is convenient for you.  All information that you provide is confidential.

You will also receive a letter and a form from OCFS.  It is helpful to complete the form (although OCFS does not collect them) to help prepare your answers for a call.  You can access both the letter and worksheet (form) in English and in Spanish below.  Some providers may receive a call before the OCFS letter arrives.

If you are called to participate, we strongly encourage you to do so, even if you do not currently serve children receiving subsidies.  The more participation by providers serving private pay parents, the better data OCFS will have and use to establish new DSS subsidy reimbursement rates next year.

If you have questions or would like more information about the OCFS Market Rate Survey, contact us by email;  voice@cseainc.org or call 877-483-CSEA (2732).

Market Rate Survey Letter to Providers (in English) 
Market Rate Survey Worksheet (in English)

Carta de encuesta de tarifas de mercado a los proveedores (en español)
Hoja de trabajo de la encuesta sobre la tasa de mercado (en español)



 

Free 5.75hr. Health and Safety Training for Legally-Exempt Providers

Used to fulfill the federal health and safety requirements and NYSOCFS training topics in:

–Nutrition and health needs infants and children
–Safety and security procedures
–Business record maintenance and management
–Child abuse and maltreatment identification and prevention
–Statutes and regulations pertaining to child day care
–Statutes and regulations pertaining to child abuse
–Education, identification, diagnosis and prevention of shaken baby syndrome
–All classes take place on Saturdays from 9am-3:30pm with registration beginning at 8:30am.
–Morning refreshments and lunch provided.

Legally-exempt child care providers who have completed 10 or more hours of training are eligible to receive an enhanced rate from their Local Department of Social Services (LDSS).

Take Child Care Business Courses Online!

Free Online Courses Developed by Industry Expert Tom Copeland
The VOICE/CSEA Professional Development Child Care Program is offering 6 online training courses on “The Business of Family Child Care” topics. Each course provides 1.5 OCFS approved training hours and is eligible for Educational Incentive Program (EIP) funding if applicable.
The online courses provide a supportive learning environment, accessible to providers at any time of the day or night.  The following CSEA online courses were reviewed and approved by OCFS as non-credit bearing distance learning training that meets the criteria for training hours:  The Basics of Family Child Care Record Keeping and Taxes; The Business of Family Child Care; Family Child Care contracts and Policies; Marketing Your Business; Money Management and Retirement Planning; Reducing Your Risks and Legal and Insurance Issues.

To take these courses: https://csealearningcenter.org/help/login.cfm?CCA=1