CSEA/VOICE Regional Conferences are coming!

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Attend any one location you would like.
Earn at least 5 OCFS training hours!
Registration for the Melville location opens 3/22/23.
Registration for Rochester opens 4/3.
Registration for Saratoga opens 4/10.
Agenda and links to register to follow!



As you know all too well, New York’s childcare system is in crisis. We need the State Legislature to make critical investments in the childcare workforce in this year’s state budget. CSEA has put forward several budget proposals that address these issues: Click here for our info flyer.

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On Sunday, Call Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie – at (518) 455-3791

Feel free to leave your own brief message, or simply

“I am a CSEA/VOICE represented childcare provider. Include additional funding for the childcare workforce in this year’s budget so we can keep our programs open for working families throughout New York.”

We know from previous actions that when we TAKE ACTION TOGETHER, we can make a BIG impact toward NYS investment in our programs.  



Your new AllyHealth Comprehensive Virtual Care Telemedicine Plan provides unlimited access to US Board Certified Doctors and Pediatricians 24/7/365 by phone, video or mobile app, providing you and your household with convenient and unlimited access to quality healthcare with ZERO copays. This amazing new benefit will save you time, money and frustration. Click on the images below to learn more. Go to AllyHealth.net/voice today to activate your account now!

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Non-members have access to the Basic Plan. Click here for more information or JOIN VOICE NOW.





thumbnail webIMG_7301_1CSEA/VOICE President Heidi-Jo Brandt testified in front of the NYS Senate Children and Families Committee communicating our 2023 Child Care Legislative Priorities:

1) Paying providers for the true cost of care, and not as a percentile of the market rate
2) Shifting from pay for attendance to pay for enrollment
3) Increasing and standardizing county plan options
4) Increasing Differential Rate for homeless and non-traditional hours care


Please look out for an email invite to join us and our coalition partners, The Empire State Campaign for Child Care (ECCC), for a Virtual Lobby Day via Zoom on February 7. Information will be available here very soon.

Be Counted.
Be Heard.
LET’S SUCCEED AGAIN for child care!


NYAEYC Conference Registration is Closed


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The NYAEYC annual conference has sold out. There will be no additional providers added to the existing waitlist. Due to an overwhelming response, registration has been closed early. 

CSEA/VOICE Local 100A partners with the New York Chapter of The National Association of the Education of Young Children (NYAEYC) to help providers access high-quality trainings and educational resources offered at their annual conference. For more information about the 2023 NYAEYC Conference please visit their website:

For those still working out hotel arrangements: The Turning Stone Conference Center Hotel no longer has rooms available, but not to worry. You may still make a reservation for a standard room for the night of March 31 at any of the hotels listed below. To have us cover the cost, please email your name, license/registration/enrollment number, daytime phone number, hotel name and confirmation number to profdev@cseainc.org.

Hampton Inn Verona  (315) 363-3801
Fairfield Inn & Suites  (315) 363-8888
LaQuinta Inn & Suites (315) 231-5080

For help please email professional.development@cseainc.org or call 855-472-6848 (toll-free)


Payment for Retroactive Absences

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If you served at least one child who received child care assistance through your Local Department of Social Services during either of the following time periods April 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021 and/or April 1, 2021 through November 30, 2021 either in your home or in the parents home you may be eligible for this grant.

To receive this grant you must meet the following criteria:

Have an active license, registration, permit, or enrollment to provide child care
Be currently open and “in good standing”
Can attest to serving at least one child in receipt of child care assistance from the New York Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) (formerly child care subsidy program) during one or both time periods stated above.

Visit https://ocfs.ny.gov/programs/childcare/retroactive-absences/ to apply.

Deadline to apply for this funding is Friday, December 16, 2022.

Don’t know where to begin? Stuck in the middle? Questions?
Call the Bilingual CSEA/VOICE Child Care Resource Center at (877) 483-2732 for assistance with this process.


Expert Assistance Available – Help With Applying for Grants


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If you need assistance and have received approval for any of the above-mentioned grants, our qualified team of providers and staff are available and have helped many providers through questions regarding these grants, the processes involved and expenses that have been approved. One-on-one, individual sessions will be scheduled at a time that is convenient for both you and your qualified child care team member.  

Call the Bilingual CSEA/VOICE Child Care Resource Center at (877) 483-2732.

Please note:
The Child Care Stabilization Grant 2.0 for Workforce Supports Application Portal deadline has been extended! You have until December 14, 2022 at 11:59pm. To apply go to:  https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/contracts/funding/COVID-relief/childcare-stabilization/ 


*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 Latest 2022 Edition

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Blended Learning CPR/First Aid & AED Trainings


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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