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Provider Appreciation Awards Ceremony

More than 230 people gathered in Shanker Hall at UFT headquarters on May 13 for the 9th annual Family Child Care Providers Chapter's Provider Appreciation Awards Ceremony. The event honored outstanding members of the chapter and offered the chance for their families and colleagues to celebrate their extraordinary work.

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UFT functional chapters

Functional chapters are so named because what unites these student-support professionals is their function rather than a worksite or a school. The chapters were formed to allow these UFT members with common issues and concerns to have a voice.

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Theresa Aponte, family child care provider

Theresa Aponte is a family child care provider in East NewYork, Brooklyn, and a “second mother” to children who attend her in-home day care center while their parents work.

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UFT wins contract as child care network provider

The UFT has won a city contract as a network provider to coordinate the work of home-based family child care providers. The new network expands the union’s advocacy on behalf of these workers.

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$65 million in federal CARES Act funding will support child care programs reopening

I have some exciting news to share with you about how the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act will support your child care program as the state reopens.

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Apply by July 15 for a state grant to support your child care program's reopening

I want to let you know about the New York Forward Child Care Expansion Incentive Program, a grant program created just for New York child care providers through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.

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New York Forward Loan Fund information and updated OCFS guidance for child care providers

I want to share some information with you about the New York Forward Loan Fund, which could help support your child care business. In addition, the state Office of Children and Family Services held a conference call with stakeholders on May 19 to discuss important concerns for child care providers. 

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Use these resources to support your child care program

I want to update you about the support available to your child care program through the extension of waivers and the CARES materials grant. Read good news regarding your subsidy payments and apply for the CARES grant to get materials and supplies for your program

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Coronavirus testing information for child care providers

I wanted to share with you this COVID-19 testing information from the state Department of Health. Essential workers, including child care providers, who do not have access to testing may call the New York State COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or visit to be screened for eligibility. If you are considered eligible, you may schedule an appointment at one of the state’s testing sites.

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Gov. Cuomo announces $30 million in CARES act funds for child care providers

Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced that $30 million in federal funds will pay for supplies for child care providers as well as for the child care fees for eligible essential workers. The state will use funds authorized through the recently passed federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, otherwise known as the CARES Act.