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2020 Child Care Quality Grant – Application Period is CLOSED!


President’s Welcome

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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 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.

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Mary E. Sullivan
CSEA PresidentWeb
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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.

You will 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 grant4u@cseainc.org.

The 2020 CSEA Child Care Quality Grant, negotiated in our VOICE contract, provides a grant up to $500 that 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 must choose only one of two grant types:

 CREDIT − No out of pocket expenses!
$500 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 https://voicecsea.kaplanco.com/ are approved.

Kaplan has COVID/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. To do so, reimbursement applications must be in by Friday September 11. 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, 2019 and September 15, 2020. Your receipts may total more than $500 but you will only be reimbursed up to a maximum of $500.  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.

To be eligible, reimbursement grant applications must be in by midnight Friday, September 11. Credit applications must be in by September 15. Grant orders must be placed through Kaplan and all reimbursement receipts must be uploaded by close of business on September 15, 2020.