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Jackie Dinolis (left) and Carolyn Colter, both of Brooklyn, do an exercise toget

Teachers have long had a set of national standards that they can meet to demonstrate expertise in their profession, and now family child care providers do, too.

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Almost four years after winning their historic first contract, family child care providers represented by the UFT began negotiations in September for a successor agreement with the state.

Many parents bring their children far distances to Danna's Family Day Care in Ea

Family child care provider Danna Santana teaches 14 children, ages 10 months to eight years, in her dual language program, Danna’s Family Day Care, in East Elmhurst. This February, she became the first provider to receive national accreditation in New York City.

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  • “I love the union and am very pleased we have it. We needed a union desperately to fight for us. We could not have won the 2007 market rate without a union backing us…and God knows we need any extra money to buy supplies and everything that we need for our children.” ~ Maria Varona
  • “I joined the union to have a voice and get people to recognize that we are not babysitters. We are professionals and we love and enjoy what we are doing and demand respect.” ~ Jacqueline Brooks
  • “As parents and child care providers we need a union. We need someone to stand with us and to fight for us. The union can’t pay bills for us, but they can stand with us and show that we are one. That’s what the union is for me.” ~ Rinelle Knight
  • “You get empowerment from being in the union because you’re not alone. For a long time, providers were alone in our fight and did not know where to turn for help. Having a union behind us has given us power and it has given us respect.” ~ Linette Ebanks
  • “Before we joined the union, we were mistreated and misled. We did not know where to turn. We wouldn’t have a voice and we wouldn’t have trainings provided by the union. The UFT is really needed for people like us.” ~ Miriam Campbell
  • “We need a union. We couldn’t do it by ourselves so we need other people to help us to get stronger, build our business and fight for us.” ~ Kim Geddess

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Don’t miss this year’s seventh annual UFT Early Childhood Conference on Saturday, March 22, from 8:30am to 3:00pm at UFT headquarters.
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Please be aware: Fire extinguisher companies have been calling family child care providers and telling them that the fire department has mandated that they must have their fire extinguishers inspected. This is not true. If you receive a call from a fire extinguishing company, do not agree to have your fire extinguisher inspected. The company will visit your program, charge you for the inspection and encourage you to buy unnecessary fire extinguishers. Child care providers are only mandated to have ABC extinguishers. These companies are deceptive and preying on family child care providers. Please do not allow them into your program.
Voice of the Chapter Chair
Tammie Miller

I want to thank those of you who voted in our recent chapter elections. I am extremely proud that you have re-elected me as chair of our chapter, and I thank you on behalf of myself and my colleagues on the newly elected chapter executive board. We have many challenges ahead, but with your support we will meet them all head on.

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