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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.


  • NYAEYC Registration Open Monday, December 20

    CSEA/VOICE will once again cover conference registration and hotel fee for all licensed group family, registered family and legally exempt child care providers (outside of NYC) to attend the 2022 New York Association for the Education of Young Children (NYAEYC) Annual Conference April 7 – 9, 2022 at Turning Stone Resort in Verona, NY.

    Early Bird Registration open December 20 – February 14

    Regular Registration open February 15 – April 1

    How to register:
    1) Go to: enter your license/registration/enrollment number and CSEA ID, then select NYAEYC from the dropdown menu to receive your authorization.

    2) Then go to the NYAEYC registration page by clicking the link below and fill out the registration but remember to input 2022CSEA at the point of payment and click “invoice” on the payment page. CSEA/VOICE will pay the registration fee on your behalf.
    Register for the NYAEYC conference here:

    3) Call Turning Stone Resort and reserve your room from the block of rooms held by NYAEYC. Please call 1-800-771-7711 and mention NYAEYC Annual Conference.

    For more information about the 2022 NYAEYC Conference please visit their website:  2022 New York AEYC Annual Conference (

    For help please email or call 855-472-6848 (toll-free)

  • IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Child Care Stabilization Grants

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    Child Care Stabilization Grants

    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:
    Stabilization Help Line: 844-863-9319

    FAQ’s can be found here:

    Resources on the OCFS website to help with the application:

    Tom Copeland is the leading expert on the business of family/group childcare. He will be posting information and updates on a regular basis.

    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

    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:

    Subvenciones para la estabilización del cuidado infantil

    El 30 de julio de 2021, el estado de Nueva York anunció un histórico casi $ 1.1 mil millones en subvenciones para apoyar a los proveedores de cuidado infantil para ayudar a estabilizar la industria y permitir que más familias regresen a la fuerza laboral. Los proveedores elegibles incluyen programas registrados o con licencia de la OCFS y programas grupales inscritos legalmente exentos. Tenga en cuenta que los proveedores no grupales legalmente exentos NO son elegibles para estas subvenciones. Consulte a continuación para obtener información sobre proveedores de grupo legalmente exentos y proveedores no grupales legalmente exentos.

    El Subsidio para la Estabilización del Cuidado Infantil representa una oportunidad e inversión sin precedentes para estabilizar efectivamente el sector del cuidado infantil.

    Para facilitar la distribución de estas subvenciones, la OCFS ofrece una única solicitud en línea.

    La asistencia técnica estará disponible en todo el estado a través de CSEA / VOICE (Asociación de Empleados del Servicio Civil), la Federación Unida de Maestros (UFT), la Corporación de Vivienda y Desarrollo Económico de Mujeres (WHEDco) y las agencias de Recursos y Referencias de Cuidado Infantil para todos los proveedores de cuidado infantil que necesiten ayuda para completar la solicitud en línea.

    Aplica hoy:
    Línea de ayuda de estabilización: 844-863-9319

    Las preguntas frecuentes se pueden encontrar aquí:

    Recursos en el sitio web de la OCFS para ayudar con la solicitud:

    Tom Copeland es el principal experto en el negocio del cuidado infantil familiar / grupal. Publicará información y actualizaciones de forma regular.

    Si tiene preguntas o más información sobre las subvenciones para la estabilización del cuidado infantil, llame al Centro de recursos de CSEA / VOICE al 877-483-2732 o envíe un correo electrónico a

    Cuidado de niños en grupo legalmente exento significa un programa en una instalación, que no sea una residencia, en el que se proporciona cuidado de niños de manera regular y no se requiere tener una licencia o estar registrado en la Oficina o tener una licencia de la Ciudad de Nueva York, pero que cumple con todos los requisitos estatales o locales aplicables para dichos programas de cuidado infantil. Puede encontrar más información aquí:

  • $25M in funding for child care announced for Essential Workers


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    Governor Cuomo announced that beginning today, June 23, 2021, there will be $25M in Child Care Scholarships available for essential workers.

    The press release says:   “Child care costs will be covered for essential staff whose income is less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level (or $79,500 for a family of four) and will be paid up to market rate for each region statewide for children aged six weeks through 12 years. Families currently receiving child care scholarships under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act are strongly encouraged to also apply for this new funding opportunity. It is important to note that the CARES child care scholarships will end on June 28; those currently receiving CARES scholarships will need to reapply.”


    Essential workers can use the funding to pay for their existing care arrangement, or for a new child care provider.

    “We have been saying, we cannot have a successful re-opening without child care. This is a good step toward ensuring access to quality child care as our state opens and people get back to work. Providers, please let your essential workers families who may be struggling, know about this program.” said CSEA/VOICE Local President, Pam Wells.

    For more information and where parents can apply for the fundingplease click here.


  • 2021 Child Care Quality Grant – Application Period is CLOSED!


    President’s WelcomeMaryCircleCSEA is pleased to invite you to apply for the CSEA Child Care Quality Grant program for Child Care Providers. CSEA and WORK Institute staff are 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 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.

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    CSEA President






    The 2021 CSEA Child Care Quality Grant, negotiated in our VOICE contract has significantly enhanced benefits!

    • The Grant amount (previously up to $500) has increased to up to $1000;


    • The Grant now offers FREE online training from The Care Courses School, Inc.;


    • You can now get a FREE Chromebook 3 laptop computer by Lenovo!

    The Grant funding of up to $1,000 can be used for the following:

    — Program materials (Books, curriculum, toys, arts/crafts, etc)
    — CPR/1st aid training
    — General supplies (Diapers, batteries, napkins, etc)
    —  Children’s furnishings (no adult furniture)
    —  Anything necessary to stay in compliance
    —  Computer hardware and software
    —  Childcare Payroll
    —  Food for the children in care
    —  COVID-19 related cleaning and medical supplies
    — Legal and professional services related to childcare     (accounting/bookkeeping)
    — Advertising to promote the childcare business to remain open/boost enrollment

    You may take advantage of this funding in one of three ways:

    1. $1000 Kaplan Credit (order materials and supplies with no money out-of-pocket); or

    2. $1000 Reimbursement (for eligible expenses already incurred); or

    3. $500 Kaplan Credit AND $500 Reimbursement.



    You can apply if:

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

    Eligible Legally-Exempt child care providers must have 12 months of continuous enrollment and 10 hours of child care training in the last year.


    To apply, you’ll need:

    Your OCFS license, registration, or enrollment number and your CSEA ID.  If you don’t have your CSEA ID, click “Look up your CSEA ID!” in the upper right corner of this page.  If that doesn’t work, send an email to




    KAPLAN CREDIT – No out of pocket expenses!


    $1000 credit grants can be only be used with Kaplan Early Learning Company. You can place your order online or by phone starting two hours after your application is complete. All products listed on are approved.

    NOTE: Kaplan has PPE related products in stock!

    If you prefer, you may pay directly and request reimbursement. Please allow time for your Social Security number to be verified with IRS. You will then receive an approval email updating your status and requesting a one-time upload to our grant site of up to 5 allowable receipts for purchases made between October 1, 2020 and June 1, 2021. Your receipts may total more than $1000 but you will only be reimbursed up to a maximum of $1000.  You will not be able to upload receipts until we send your approval email.

    CSEA Child Care Quality Grant Reimbursements are taxable and you may be sent a 1099 form to file with your income taxes prior to January 31st for the prior calendar year.


    You may select an online training provided by The Care Courses School Inc.  You will be given a password for an account that ‘The Care Courses School Inc.’ will create for you. After the account is created, The Care Courses School Inc. will email you when your online training is ready for your use. CARE Course online subscriptions and accompanying completion certificates can only be issued to the on-site provider and are only offered in English.


    To be eligible, all grants must be approved, orders placed, and receipts uploaded (for purchases no later than June 1, 2021) on or by June *30, 2021. Please keep in mind that opportunities are first come, first served.

  • Take Action for Direct Deposit!!


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    NYS Senator Jabari Brisport and Assembly-member Sarah Clark heard our Union calling for direct deposit. They introduced legislation that will require all counties to offer providers the opportunity to be paid by direct deposit! They are asking for co-sponsors and support to pass direct deposit for child care and need our help.


    Click on the link above and fill out the form. This info is only used to identify your elected representatives. You will then see a pre-drafted letter. This is just a recommendation – feel free to edit it, add your own story and experiences, and insight. The more personal the letter, the better they are received!

    Please share the TAKE ACTION LINK above with all Providers you know.


  • New PPP Loan information

    Dear Providers,

    There is new information about the Paycheck Protection Program, which is a forgivable loan. Tom Copeland has identified in our recent workshops the PPP as an attractive program for family child care providers to take under consideration. 

    The next two weeks ending March 10 applications are  limited to businesses with 20 employees or less. This certainly applies to family, group family and legally exempt providers even if you have no employees.

    If you believe PPP is right for you submit your application as soon as possible. There is a link in the message below that will identify banks and credit unions participating in your zip code.Screen Shot 2021-02-26 at 3.17.05 PM

    In solidarity,

    Pam Wells, President
    CSEA/Local 100A




  • *NEW Forgivable loans* available (PPP)
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    Dear Providers,

    Family child care providers can now apply to receive a new round of forgivable loans from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The loans do not have to be paid back.

    To apply for the PPP, contact your local bank or an online service that accepts PPP applications. Note: If your bank won’t accept your application, try another local bank or credit union.

    Money you received from the PPP is not taxable income and can be used for a variety of business expenses.

    The deadline to apply is March 31, 2021.

    Last spring some CSEA/VOICE members accepted the loans and then had them forgiven by meeting the guidelines. They did not have to pay the loan back.

    Take a look and decide whether to apply or not.
    This link will take you to Tom Copeland’s blog page:
    This is a direct link to the article that includes directions to apply:

    In Solidarity,
    Pam Wells, President
    CSEA/VOICE Local 100A


  • President Pam Wells Receives CSEA Top Honor


    Watch CSEA/VOICE President Pam Wells graciously accept the Danny Donohue Leadership Award at the recent CSEA 110th Annual Delegates Meeting (held virtually). Formerly known as the Mission Achievement Award, it is the union’s highest honor, established to honor member activists who go above and beyond exemplifying the virtues of CSEA’s Mission Statement: Honesty, Inclusiveness, Full Participation, Respect, Diversity, Open Communications, Accountability and Fiscal Responsibility.

    Congratulations to President Wells for this well-deserved honor! 

  • CSEA/VOICE Member Armett Barnes Featured

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    This month’s Grassroots Movement for Child Care and Early Education ECE Organizing Network Quarterly Newsletter features our very own Armett Barnes, a provider in Monroe County. Read about her here!


  • Alert! Emergency Regulations

    An emergency regulation is defined by OCFS as “a regulation that has been adopted on an expedited, temporary basis because the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) has determined that it is necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety or general welfare and that it would be contrary to the public interest to delay the adoption to comply with the ordinary process for adopting regulatory proposals.”

    OCFS has adopted new emergency regulations in an effort to adjust to the pandemic environment we currently are working in.


    There are three entries pertaining to family, group family and legally exempt child care providers.

    —Notice of Emergency Adoption and Proposed Rulemaking – Amendments of Sections 413 & 415 of Title 18

    —Notice of Emergency Adoption – Amendment of Part 415 of Title 18 of the NYCRR

    —Notice of Emergency Adoption and Proposed Rule Making – Amendment to Parts 414, 415, 416, 417, and Sub-parts 418-1 and 418-2 of Title 18

    Questions? Send an email to