News for Family Child Care Providers

News stories | April 14, 2011 - 5:52pm

Low-income, working parents and the family child care providers who take care of their kids were dealt a heavy blow when Mayor Michael Bloomberg cut child care subsidies for more than 16,500 New York City children, the single largest cut to city funding for child care since the 1970s.

News stories | November 11, 2010 - 4:00pm

In a concrete demonstration of the benefits of union membership, the UFT recently worked with the Administration for Children’s Services to recover close to $45,000 in back wages for 16 home child care providers who had belonged to the now-defunct Davidson Avenue Community Daycare Center network in the Bronx.

News stories | October 28, 2010 - 8:49pm

In an historic moment for New York City’s 28,000 family child care providers and tens of thousands more providers across the state, Gov. David Paterson on Oct. 1 signed into law new legislation guaranteeing providers the right to form a union and bargain collectively with the state.

Provider News | October 19, 2010 - 10:47am

By bus and by car, hundreds of UFT family child care providers traveled to Washington D.C. for the One Nation Working Together rally on October 2. Family Child Care Providers Chapter Chair Tammie Miller, who accompanied UFT President Michael Mulgrew to the capital on a specially-chartered Amtrak train, described the rally as “momentous.”

News stories | September 30, 2010 - 10:07pm

Just one day after attending the UFT Safety and Health Department’s three-day CPR and first aid training, home child care provider Melvina Van Dross put her new skills to use, saving the life of a child in her care.

News stories | September 9, 2010 - 9:55pm

In a landmark victory for UFT family child care providers, the city’s Department of Buildings will no longer be able to shut down the home-based businesses, which have been approved and licensed under state social service law.

Provider News | May 19, 2010 - 7:59am

Forty UFT family child care providers joined parents and UFT colleagues on May 17 at a rally on the steps of Borough Hall in Staten Island.

Chapter news | May 7, 2010 - 8:36am

Happy Provider Appreciation Day! That’s right, May 7 is now officially Provider Appreciation Day in New York State. Heartfelt thanks to Governor David A. Paterson for recognizing the valuable work we do — and for acknowledging this special day for providers across the state.

Provider News | April 28, 2010 - 6:49am

My colleagues and I have reviewed the concept paper issued by the Administration for Children Services (ACS), and while there were a few promising ideas, overall we were deeply troubled by its contents. We see several fundamental flaws, beginning with the fact that the plan’s guiding principles exclude the role of parents in supporting a young child’s development.

Provider News | April 1, 2010 - 8:20am

Just over two years after forming our union, we now have our first-ever contract with the state of New York. We stood together and, in the midst of economic hard times, won a major victory for ourselves and for the working families — and children — who depend on our services.

Feature stories | April 1, 2010 - 6:53am

Corey Ortega is a real renaissance man. In addition to his work as a group family child care provider in Harlem, he works as a special assistant to the neighborhood’s state assemblyman, Keith L.T. Wright, a position he has used to help other providers navigate the challenges of the profession.

Provider News | April 1, 2010 - 6:07am

Congratulations! On Jan. 15, you ratified the first-ever contract for family child care providers in New York City. This contract offers us important improvements to our working conditions and the dignity for which we have fought so long.

Provider News | April 1, 2010 - 6:06am

Important information about health insurance, professional development, liability insurance, and other contract benefits.

Provider News | April 1, 2010 - 4:37am

What a pleasure it has been to stand with you as you fight for your rights — and win! In the midst of our country’s worst economic crisis since the 1930s, when many unions have been forced to give up hard-won gains, you have attained an outstanding contract that promises important advances.

Chapter news | February 17, 2010 - 10:45am

Providers work hard every day to give thousands of children a strong educational foundation and our union works hard to make sure we have the tools and support we need. Together we make a crucial difference in children’s lives, our city’s economy, and in the preparation of its future workforce. Unfortunately, there are those who would rather criticize our work than support it.

News stories | February 4, 2010 - 3:51pm

In a groundbreaking vote, UFT-represented family child care providers on Jan. 15 ratified their first-ever contract with the state. Providers cast 3,658 ballots in favor of the agreement and 54 against.

Chapter news | January 15, 2010 - 10:49am

More than two years after voting overwhelmingly to join the UFT, family child care providers in New York City on Jan. 15 ratified their first-ever contract with the state. Providers cast 3,658 ballots in favor of the agreement and 54 against. “Today is a very happy — and a very proud — day for child care providers in New York City,” said Provider Chapter Chair Tammie Miller following the morning vote count at the American Arbitration Association. “We fought long and hard for this contract — and now we have won it.”

Chapter news | November 10, 2009 - 6:14am

As child care providers, it is extremely important that we have the latest information on the H1N1 (swine) flu virus and ways to prevent its spread.

Provider News | October 1, 2009 - 11:24am

Our chapter has much to celebrate, but as you know, we are still engaged in a fight with the city. Now is the time for you to officially join the United Federation of Teachers as a card-carrying member. The more providers that join the union, the more power we will have to fight for the payments we are owed and the changes we need in the rules and regulations that govern us. The strength of our union depends on you.

Chapter news | October 1, 2009 - 9:42am

It is hard enough running a family child care center for children with “special needs.” Provider Stephanie Brade never knew she would also have to fight off her landlord’s eviction attempts to keep her business running and children thriving. But, with the help of her union, she has.

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