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We are CSEA/VOICE: a union made up of and working for family child care providers from across New York State, organizing for power to take on challenges facing us and the children and families we serve.

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  • *NEW* Approved Distance Learning Training


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    Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s)

    CSEA/VOICE is pleased to announce the availability of approved Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) Distance Learning Trainings in both English and Spanish provided through Penn State Better Kid Care. With a prepayment code you can access and complete an ACE’s training at no cost!

    This program is open to NYS Registered Family, Licensed Group Family and Legally Exempt Child Care providers outside of New York City. This opportunity is funded by the Professional Development dollars that CSEA/VOICE negotiated in our fourth union agreement with NYS and OCFS.

    How to Use this Program
    1. Go to: https://csealearningcenter.org/grants/CSEAACE.cfm and enter your license/registration/enrollment number and CSEA ID, then follow the instructions to obtain the prepayment code.
    2. Now you must follow the instructions on how to create an account with Better Kid Care to access the ACE’s training. You should have no out-of-pocket expense when using the prepayment code.

    For questions contact Jesenia (Jessie) Alcantara 855-472-6848 (toll-free).
    For more information about CSEA/VOICE call our Bi-lingual Child Care Resource Center at 877-483-CSEA (2732).



     

  • VOICE News 2022 Summer Edition

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  • Provider Appreciation Day

    Every day we celebrate the great progress made by the hard work and advocacy of our union and the child care community in New York State! We focused our passion for helping children and families, engaged our elected leaders and won changes that are desperately needed for us and the families we care for. It’s a lot to be proud of!!

    Provider Appreciation Day 2022_Morris for web

     



  • IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Child Care Stabilization Grants

     

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    On July 30, 2021, New York State announced an historic nearly $1.1 billion in grants to support child care providers to help stabilize the industry and enable more families to return to the workforce. Eligible providers include OCFS-licensed or registered programs and enrolled legally exempt group programs. Please be advised that legally exempt non group providers are NOT eligible for these grants. See below for information on legally exempt group and legal exempt non group providers.

    The Child Care Stabilization Grant represents an unprecedented opportunity and investment to effectively stabilize the child care sector.

    To facilitate ease of distribution of these grants OCFS is offering a single online application.

    Technical assistance will be available statewide through CSEA/VOICE (Civil Service Employees Association) the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), and Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco) and the Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to all child care providers who need help to complete the online application.

    Apply Today:
    https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/contracts/funding/COVID-relief/childcare-stabilization/
    Stabilization Help Line: 844-863-9319

    FAQ’s can be found here:
    https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/contracts/funding/COVID-relief/childcare-stabilization/#faq

    Resources on the OCFS website to help with the application:
    https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/contracts/funding/COVID-relief/childcare-stabilization/#help

    Tom Copeland is the leading expert on the business of family/group childcare. He will be posting information and updates on a regular basis.
    http://tomcopelandblog.com/update-on-the-child-care-stabilization-grants

    For questions or more information on the Childcare Stabilization Grants call the CSEA/VOICE Resource Center at 877-483-2732 or send an email to voicestabilization@cseainc.org.

    Legally exempt group child care means a program in a facility, other than a residence, in which child care is provided on a regular basis and is not required to be licensed by or registered with the Office or licensed by the City of New York but which meets all applicable State or local requirements for such child care programs. More information can be found here: https://ocfs.ny.gov/programs/childcare/regulations/415-Child-Care-Services.pdf



     

  • 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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  • 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