"We are not babysitters, we are early childhood educators serving New York,” Chapter Chair Tammie Miller said on May 11 as UFT Family Child Care Providers Chapter members gathered for the union’s sixth annual Provider Appreciation Awards Ceremony at UFT headquarters in Manhattan.
Twenty-six members of the UFT Family Child Care Providers Chapter were recognized at the chapter's fifth annual Provider Appreciation Awards on May 1. While it was their night to be recognized, the award winners said their true rewards come from doing their jobs every day.
Although the union is called the United Federation of Teachers, the membership has grown to include many other types of educators and professionals who serve the children of New York City in a variety of ways. These Department of Education-employed members have functional chapters of their own to address common issues and concerns.
Lynda John has two grandchildren, but as a UFT member and group family day care provider, she has up to 16 other kids — from infants to preschoolers, plus older children after school — at any given time. It’s an investment, she says, in herself and in the future.
Attend one of the borough meetings coming up in the next two weeks. We'll provide important updates on issues affecting family child care providers including state and city legislation, upcoming contract negotiations and union-provided professional development opportunities.
Themed “Constructing Knowledge through Purposeful Play,” the Providers Appreciation Educational Conference featured workshops led by UFT Teacher Center instructors and free takeaway resources, including books, puppets, puzzles and science kits.