News for Family Child Care Providers

Testimony | May 3, 2012 - 4:34pm

UFT President Michael Mulgrew testified before the New York State Assembly Standing Committees on Children and Families; Oversight, Analysis and Investigation; Social Services; and the Assembly Taskforce on Women's Issues.

News stories | April 19, 2012 - 12:33pm

Thanks to UFT pressure, 45 family child care providers who worked for the Bronx-based Hunts Point Multi-Service Center for four months without being paid have received $174,956 in back pay. After the UFT and providers brought a lawsuit on Feb. 2, the city’s Administration for Children’s Services paid the overdue checks on what turned out to be a lucky Friday, April 13.

News stories | April 5, 2012 - 4:12pm

UFT President Michael Mulgrew accused Mayor Bloomberg of turning his back on 16,000 low-income families by failing to include $104 million in the budget for subsidized child care. At a press conference on the steps of City Hall on March 29, child care activists and community, union and political leaders protested the cut as unacceptable.

Testimony | March 29, 2012 - 2:48pm

Tammie Miller, chair of the UFT Family Child Care Providers Chapter, testified before the New York City Council General Welfare Committee.

News stories | March 22, 2012 - 2:04pm

About 5,000 family child care providers will soon be receiving an assortment of toys, books, puzzles and blocks — all linked to a literacy-based curriculum developed by the UFT Teacher Center — thanks to grant money in their first union contract and an American Federation of Teachers innovation grant.

Around the UFT | March 8, 2012 - 11:25am

Many people dread tax season, but the burden was a little lighter this year for paraprofessionals and family child care providers thanks to a new partnership between the UFT and the Food Bank For New York City.

News | March 1, 2012 - 11:35am

Tax season is upon us, but don’t despair — help is at hand. The Food Bank For New York City, a longtime friend of the UFT, offers free income tax preparation services for eligible New York City residents at dozens of sites across the city.

Chapter news | March 1, 2012 - 11:15am

It’s important to serve healthy food and snacks for the children in your care. Here’s an example of an easy to prepare recipe you can try in your home.

Press releases | February 2, 2012 - 3:45pm

The UFT on Feb. 2 filed a class action suit against the city’s Administration for Children’s Services and the Hunts Point Multi-Service center — a non-profit social service agency — to recover an estimated $100,000 in funds that the organizations have refused to pay more than 40 home day care providers in the Bronx.

News stories | January 19, 2012 - 3:20pm

Testifying at a Dec. 12 state hearing, UFT Family Child Care Providers Chapter Chair Tammie Miller made clear her union’s concerns about both funding cuts to early childhood education and a new city initiative, Early Learn NYC, which threatens the livelihood of many of the UFT’s 28,000 providers.

Chapter news | December 31, 2011 - 11:18am

Although there is universal agreement that what happens with children before they reach preschool is key to their chances for successful learning later in life, child care providers all too frequently are excluded when it comes to outstanding professional development and collegial support that could help them make the earliest years a chance to prepare children for school success.

Chapter news | December 22, 2011 - 3:52pm

El seguro médico negociado por los proveedores de cuido infantil representados por la UFT en su primer contracto con el estado se hará realidad muy pronto. Los proveedores recibirán cobertura bajo el programa UFT Family Health Plus, un programa de seguro médico auspiciado por el estado de Nueva York y ofrecido exclusivamente a proveedores de la UFT mediante el Plan de Seguro Médico de Nueva York (HIP por sus siglas en ingles) de EmblemHealth.

Chapter news | December 22, 2011 - 2:46pm

The health insurance negotiated for UFT-represented family child care providers in their first contract with the state will soon be a reality. Providers will receive coverage through the UFT Family Health Plus program, a New York State-sponsored health insurance program offered exclusively to UFT providers through EmblemHealth’s Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York (HIP).

News stories | December 22, 2011 - 12:09pm

Linette Ebanks had always read storybooks to the children who attend her child care program, Little People’s Retreat, in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. But then she was shown the “picture walk,” a technique to more actively engage children during story time by showing them pictures from a book before reading it and asking them what they think it will be about.

Testimony | December 12, 2011 - 6:42pm

Tammie Miller, UFT Family Child Care Providers chapter chair, testified before the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families.

Union resolutions | December 7, 2011 - 1:14pm

The UFT resolves to initiate and support efforts to ensure that child care providers receive timely compensation with appropriate year-end tax statements, and to oppose blatant non-payment of compensation, unfair administration fees, poor program support services and any type of discrimination directed at network providers.

Chapter news | December 1, 2011 - 3:18pm

This year will be a great one for New York City’s 28,000 family child care providers. After years of waiting, the benefits in our contract that have not yet been implemented will go into effect over the next nine months. Chief among these is our health care coverage.

Chapter news | December 1, 2011 - 11:46am

In January 2010, the UFT’s Family Child Care Providers Chapter ratified its first contract with the state, which provides for health insurance benefits for providers. Funding for professional development and grants to improve the quality of the learning environment were among the other important benefits.

News stories | November 24, 2011 - 2:24pm

After several months of working without pay, a group of UFT family child care providers in the Bronx are preparing to sue their former network, Hunts Point Multiservice. The 10 providers, who were not paid for four months of work are filing a class action lawsuit against the South Bronx network on behalf of themselves and 35 of their former colleagues who have not been paid.

Chapter news | November 10, 2011 - 2:23pm

A recent amendment to the public health law (PHL) § 613 requires licensed and registered child care programs to post influenza educational material, beginning this fall, in plain view within their programs. This requirement was put in place to raise awareness about the importance of immunizing children against influenza.

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