OCFS NEW Market Rates

OCFS Holds 69th Percentile for Market Rates                    

Find NEW 2019 Market Rates Here

OCFS issued new market reimbursement rates.  To see the rates in your region, visit our website: voicecsea.org.  The rates will apply to services delivered May 1 and after. The 69th percentile formula uses data on parent fees reported by providers in the Market Rate Survey – reflecting what providers charge private pay parents.  County DSS agencies must inform you of the rate change and pay the new Market Rates if you did not sign a DSS provider contract.

Our message to legislators and the Governor made a difference.  This is the first year since 2014 that the state budget included funding for reimbursement rates.  Without $26 million in new funding for rates, we would have seen decreases. In most categories, rates increased or stayed the same. And the $26 million is not sufficient to pay us what we deserve and need to deliver quality programs to working families and the children in our care.

It will take all of us – providers and parents –  to make NY do better for our working families and children in next year’s budget.  To find out what you can do, e-mail voice@cseainc.org or call  877-483-2253.


 

Provider Appreciation Day is May 10th

Happy Provider Appreciation Day!
This Friday May 10th is National Child Care Provider Day. We annually celebrate the Friday before Mother’s Day to recognize child care providers, teachers and other educators of young children everywhere. Child care providers deserve a big “Thank you” for their dedication, commitment and compassion. Thank you for all you do!  Please read a letter from CSEA President Danny Donohue and also a message from OCFS.

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2019 CSEA/VOICE Quality Grant Program – CLOSED

THE GRANT APPLICATION  PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED. 

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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 at (855) 472-6848 or 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.
Danny Donohue
CSEA President

You will receive a packet with a letter containing contact information including deadlines for applications and purchases/receipts.

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Click the “Apply Online” button below to get started. Please make sure to check that you have completed all sections.

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You are eligible if:

You live outside NYC and are active as a New York State Registered Family OR a Licensed Group Family OR an Enrolled Legally-Exempt child care provider. 

The 2019 Quality Grant Program, negotiated in our second CSEA/VOICE Local 100A contract, provides a grant up to $500 to New York State registered family, licensed group family, and eligible enrolled legally-exempt child care providers outside of New York City. The grants may be used to purchase equipment and supplies, health and safety items, CPR and First Aid or to cover operating expenses related to licensure or renewal.

You have 2 grant options:

CREDIT OPTION
—You can choose between either Becker School Supplies or Kaplan Early Learning Company..
—The $500 credit can only be used with ONE of the above listed vendors.
—Computers, with this option can only be purchased from Kaplan Early Learning Company.
—Only products listed on Shopbecker.com/voicecsea and http://voicecsea.kaplanco.com are approved for this grant.

REIMBURSEMENT OPTION:
—You can make purchases out of pocket, in-store or online, and be reimbursed up to $500 for approved items.
—You can submit up to a maximum of 5 receipts. —In store receipts must be original register receipt.
—Private seller receipts like garage sales or items purchased via Craigslist must have theDate of Purchase, Sellers Name, Address, Phone Number, and Signature.

Receipt Attestation

Grant Application English

Grant Application Spanish


Provider Appreciation Day Materials

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Thank YOU FOR TAKING CARE OF MEOCFS CARD FOR WEB

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Free Online Courses Developed by Industry Expert Tom Copeland

The VOICE/CSEA Professional Development Child Care Program is offering 3 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

 

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 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, Licensed Group Family and 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).


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 $295 per credit hour for courses up to four credits for a total of four vouchers and/or reimbursements between  April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020.

Tuition Reimbursement Application

Tuition Voucher Application

2019 – 2020 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