Child Care & Early Education

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Massachusetts family child care providers and early childhood educators have united in SEIU to:

  • Help Massachusetts families access quality child care
  • Recruit and retain a stable workforce of family child care providers that children and families can depend on
  • Enhance the quality of family child care by providing support and incentives for further education and training
  • Give Massachusetts family child care providers a voice in improving the early education and care system.

Resources and Links for Child Care Providers:

Local Union Representatives

William Cano | | 617-584-1222
Western MA, Central MA and Merrimack Valley (including Lawrence, Lowell, Haverhill)

Ninfa Breton | | 617-312-8195
Greater Boston (including East Boston, Malden, Everett, Chelsea), Southern MA and North Shore (including Lynn, Revere, Gloucester, Salem)

Puestos de Liderazgo Vacantes – Febrero de 2016

PUESTOS VACANTES fueron publicados el 13 de marzo de 2017; nominaciones serán aceptadas hasta el lunes, 3 de abril a las 12pm.

A continuación hay una lista de las vacantes a la Junta Ejecutiva Unida (JEB por sus siglas en inglés) de SEIU 509 y a la Junta Ejecutiva del Capítulo  (CEB por sus siglas en inglés). Si usted está interesado en una candidatura a uno de estos puestos, por favor siga las siguientes instrucciones:

Solamente miembros en regla  son elegibles para ser nominados. Los miembros pueden nominarse a sí mismos o ser nominados por sus socios en SEIU 509 . El miembro de haciendola también tiene que ser un miembro en regla.

Remita nominaciones para las vacantes por escrito a Jenny Bauer en la oficina de la unión, vía fax (508-485-8529), email (, o correo US (293 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough, MA 01752).

Para ver el documento en pantalla completa, haga clic aquí.

Otra vez, las nominaciones deben ser entregados antes del lunes, 3 de abril a las 12pm.

Los nominados que no tengan oposición, serán declarados electos en esa fecha. Si hay puestos con competencia, la fecha de elección será anunciada y los candidatos serán notificados.


Union Leadership Opportunities – February

Para leer más información en español, haga clic aquí. 

VACANCIES were published on March 13, 2017; nominations will be accepted until Monday, April 3 at noon.

Below you will find the list of opportunities to serve on the SEIU 509 Joint Executive Board (JEB) and Chapter Executive Boards (CEBs). If you are interested in running for a seat — or nominating a colleague — please follow these instructions:

Only members in good standing are eligible for nomination. Members may nominate themselves or be nominated by fellow SEIU 509 members. The member doing the nominating also needs to be a member in good standing.

Submit nominations for vacancies in writing to Jenny Bauer in the union office by fax (508-485-8529), email ( or US mail (293 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough, MA 01752 ).

To view the Leadership Vacancies document in full screen, click here.

Again, nominations are due Monday, April 3 at noon.

Nominees who are unopposed shall be declared elected on that date. If offices are contested, election dates will be announced and candidates will be notified.

Para leer más información en español, haga clic aquí. 

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Free Tax Training for Family Child Care Providers/ Clases Gratuitas de Su Declaración Fiscal

Want to know what is tax deductible? Have unanswered questions about tax rates and benefits? If so, we have some great news for SEIU 509 members: Our union has arranged for a special training on bookkeeping and tax preparation for family child care providers and early educators!
This important session is free and available only to union members. All materials will be provided in English and Spanish, along with live interpretation.
Set for Saturday, March 18, the training will be conducted by Tom Copeland — the nation’s leading trainer, author and advocate on the business side of family child care.
This tax training will include some 2016 updates, but will also repeat information from previous tax trainings. If you attended a tax training in the past led by Tom Copeland, please be aware of this.
Tax Preparation & Bookkeeping Training
Saturday, March 18
11:00am to 4:00pm
This Training is only for union members.
¿Quieres saber que es deductible en sus impuestos? ¿Tiene preguntas a responder sobre tasas y beneficios impositivos? Pues tenemos buenas noticias para los miembros de Local 509: nuestra unión ha organizado un entrenamiento especial de contabilidad  y preparación de declaraciones fiscales para proveedores de cuidado infantil familiar y educadores de edad temprana.
Esta sesión importante es gratuita y abierta sólo a miembros de la unión. Todos los materiales serán provistos en inglés y español, junto con interpretación en vivo.
Programado para el sábado 18 de marzo, el entrenamiento será dirigido por Tom Copeland, el entrenador principal del país, autor y defensor de derechos del aspecto financiero del cuidado infantil familiar.
Preparación de Declaración Fiscal y Entrenamiento de Contabilidad
Sábado 18 de Marzo
11:00am a 4:00pm
Este entrenamiento es solo para miembros de nuestro sindicado.
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Washington Post | Nobel Prize winner says public preschool programs should start at birth

Infants & EarlyEd

Early-childhood education programs that start at birth and care for children until age 5 have a greater economic benefit to society than preschool programs that start later, according to a new study.

Nobel Prize winner James Heckman’s research has played an important role in establishing that high-quality public preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds can more than pay for itself over the long term, as low-income children who attend are more likely to live productive lives. It’s an economic argument that has persuaded lawmakers from both parties to support early education initiatives.

Now Heckman has released new research showing that the return on investment is even higher for high-quality programs that care for low-income children from infancy to age 5. Children in such zero-to-five programs are more likely to graduate from high school, less likely to be incarcerated than their counterparts who stayed home or enrolled in low-quality programs, had higher IQs and were healthier during the course of their lives, according to the study released Monday.

All of that taken together leads to a significant savings to society, the study found. The rate of return on the public investment in zero-to-five programs is 13 percent per year, Heckman and his colleagues estimate, up from an estimate of 7 percent to 10 percent per year for preschool programs that start at age 3.

The more comprehensive zero-to-five programs cost about $18,500 per year for each child enrolled — more than the average public school district spends per pupil in grades K through 12. But for every dollar invested, the program generated a societal benefit of $6.30, according to Heckman.

He said the findings suggest that policymakers could make a bigger difference in the lives of poor children with early-childhood education programs that begin far earlier in their lives, when children are just eight weeks old.

“As an economist, I always find it very odd that people only focus on the costs of a program rather than the benefits,” Heckman said. “This is very strong evidence for supporting this kind of program going forward.”

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

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SEIU’s Henry: Trump Dept of Labor nominee Puzder dead wrong for America’s working families

Mary Kay Henry

Mary Kay Henry, SEIU President

WASHINGTON—SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement on President-elect Trump’s intended nomination of Andrew Puzder, chief executive of CKE Restaurants, to be Secretary of Labor:

“With the intended nomination of Andrew Puzder for Secretary of Labor, President-elect Trump has once again shown how out-of-touch he is with what working Americans need. Working families, including those who elected him, issued a mandate for economic change because they are sick and tired of working longer and harder than ever but still struggling to build a better future for their families. Puzder has proven he doesn’t support working people: he opposes raises to the minimum wage, even though every time Americans have been called to vote for raises on the ballot, they always do.

“Throughout his career, Andrew Puzder has shown he does not believe in the dignity of all work and has used his position to line his own pockets at the expense of workers. In 2012, Puzder made $4.4 million, a full 291 times more than the average food worker. He doesn’t support measures that would help families who work hard build a better life, such as the overtime rule, which would put more money in the pockets of millions of workers for the extra work they do. He wants machines to replace workers because robots ‘never take a vacation’ – even though robots can not ever replace the work that people do. He has stood with Republican congressional leaders who want to repeal the Affordable Care Act – even though his underpaid workers and millions of working Americans depend on it for healthcare.

“Working Americans aren’t fooled by the anti-worker Trump-Puzder vision for America. They know it threatens their ability to have a voice and to provide for their families. That is why millions of American workers continue to come together through the Fight for $15 movement to make President-elect Trump and his administration deal with our economic reality. Together, workers in the Fight for $15 movement have made the kind of economic change America is crying out for by paving the way for 20 million people to get a raise. SEIU members will not back down, we will stay in the streets to fight back against anti-worker extremism and we will not stop until all work in valued and every community in America has the opportunity to thrive.”


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CONGRATS to our new leadership team!

The results are in! With all votes tallied, SEIU Local 509 members have elected our next leadership team. Peter MacKinnon will serve as president of our union, alongside Israel Pierre as our treasurer and Ivette Hernandez as our recording secretary. (See below for more details about our many election results.)

Local 509 takes pride in our long-held reputation as a thoroughly democratic union. All members are encouraged to participate by supporting candidates of your choice, submitting amendment proposals, nominating colleagues for leadership positions or running for office yourself.

Nominations for these leadership positions were accepted on October 15 as a record number of human service workers and educators gathered in Westborough for the Local 509 Annual Meeting. In that gathering, we learned more about how we’re building our strength across Massachusetts, met with some of the Commonwealth’s leading elected officials. Dozens of us also stepped up to take action in support of the Fair Share Amendment, Fight for $15, and a host of other important causes.

It has been an exciting year for our union, with a promising string of victories in our new organizing efforts, contract negotiations and on the broader public policy front. We look forward to seeing how these leaders will build on recent organizing and contract victories to set a future course for our union and the communities we serve.

Congratulations to our newly elected leadership team!

Candidates will officially be sworn into office at our December 13th JEB meeting held at our union headquarters.

Click here to for a summary of votes cast in contested races.

Click here for the 2016 Election Guide (PDF).

Click here to full screen the detailed spreadsheet below (Google Spreadsheet).

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Exciting Opportunity for Childcare Providers // Oportunidad Exitosa para Proveedores de Cuidado Infantil

New partnership with DCF offers short-term childcare to kids in need

We are happy to announce the creation of a new pilot program that would allow Family Childcare Providers to provider short-term emergency childcare to DCF children awaiting placement. For several months, our union leadership team has been working with representatives from the Department of Children & Families and Department of Early Education & Care to develop the program — and we are excited to launch this important pilot initiative.

The Commonwealth has agreed to pay providers $35.00 per day to provide emergency childcare. Providers do not need to obtain referrals from Child Care Systems or CRR&Rs for this program — children will be referred directly from DCF, and payments will be made directly to you from the state.

Click here a detailed memo on this program from DCF.

The pilot program will take place the following areas — and providers who are interested in participating in the program or in learning more should contact DCF staff listed below:

Springfield Area
including Belchertown, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, East Springfield, Granby, South Hadley, Hampden, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Monson, Palmer, Springfield, Ware and Wilbraham 

Worcester Area
including Auburn, Barre, Berlin, Bolton, Boylston, Brookfield, Clinton, East Brookfield, Grafton, Hardwick, Harvard, Holden, Hubbardston, Lancaster, Leicester, Millbury, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Oakham, Paxton, Princeton, Rutland, Shrewsbury, Spencer, Sterling, Warren, West Boylston, West Brookfield and Worcester

Lowell Area
including Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Lowell, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough and Westford 

Dorchester/Boston Area
including Allston, Brighton, Brookline, Chinatown, Dorchester, Dorchester Center, Downtown Crossing, Faneuil Hall, Financial District, Four Corners, Grove Hall, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Mission Hill, North End, Roslindale, Roxbury, South Boston and Upham’s Corner

New Bedford Area
including Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven and New Bedford 

Providers who are interested in participating in the program or in learning more should contact Tara Diorio-Thomas at (617) 748-2293 or email Tara.Diorio-Thomas@MassMail.State.MA.US

If successful, there is an expectation that the pilot program will be expanded throughout the Commonwealth. So please be sure to reach out to Tara to indicate your interest — she can connect you with the appropriate local contact.

As always, If you have questions about union programs, or would like to learn more about the union and how to become involved please contact your union representative:

William Cano:  or 617-584-1222
Western MA, Central MA and Merrimack Valley (Lawrence, Lowell, Haverhill) 

Ninfa Breton:  or 617-312-8195
Greater Boston (East Boston, Malden, Everett,  Chelsea), Southern MA and North Shore (Lynn, Revere, Gloucester, Salem)

Nueva colaboración con DCF ofrecen cuidado infantil a corto plazo para niños que lo necesitan

Estamos feliz de anunciarles la creación de nuestro nuevo programa que le dará el derecho a los proveedores de cuidado infantil que ofrezcan cuidado infantil a corto plazo para los niños en DCF quienes están esperando un puesto. Por varios meces nuestro liderazgo en la unión a estado trabajando con representantes del Departamento de Niños y Familias y el Departamento de la Educación temprana para poder desarrollar el programa- y estamos felices en comenzar esta iniciativa. 

El estado se apuesto de acuerdo que le va pagar a los proveedores $35.00 dólares al día para que le proveen cuidado infantil de emergencia. Los proveedores no necesitan obtener referencias del sistema de cuidado infantil. Los niños serán referidos directamente de DCF y los pagos van hacer directamente del estado. 

Haga clic aquí para obtener la nota detallada de DCF sobre este programa.

El programa va a estar en estos sitios — y los proveedores quienes están interesados en participar en el programa o en aprender mas deben de contactar los trabajadores de DCF listados aquí abajo:

Área de Springfield
incluso Belchertown, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, East Springfield, Granby, South Hadley, Hampden, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Monson, Palmer, Springfield, Ware y Wilbraham 

Área de Worcester
incluso Auburn, Barre, Berlin, Bolton, Boylston, Brookfield, Clinton, East Brookfield, Grafton, Hardwick, Harvard, Holden, Hubbardston, Lancaster, Leicester, Millbury, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Oakham, Paxton, Princeton, Rutland, Shrewsbury, Spencer, Sterling, Warren, West Boylston, West Brookfield y Worcester

Área de Lowell
incluso Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Lowell, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough y Westford 

Área de Dorchester/Boston
incluso Allston, Brighton, Brookline, Chinatown, Dorchester, Dorchester Center, Downtown Crossing, Faneuil Hall, Financial District, Four Corners, Grove Hall, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Mission Hill, North End, Roslindale, Roxbury, South Boston y Upham’s Corner

Área de  New Bedford
incluso Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven y New Bedford 

Los proveedores que estén interesados en participar en el programa o en aprender más deben comunicarse con Tara Diorio-Thomas: (617)748-2293Tara.Diorio-Thomas@MassMail.State.MA.US

Si tiene éxito, esperamos que este programa se expanda en todo el estado. Así que por favor asegúrese de contactarse con Tara para indicar su interés — ella los puede conectar con el contacto local apropiado.

Como siempre, si tiene preguntas acerca de los programas sindicales o desea obtener más información sobre el sindicato y cómo participar, comuníquese con su representante sindical:

William Cano:  o 617-584-1222
Western MA, Central MA y Merrimack Valley (Lawrence, Lowell, Haverhill) 

Ninfa Breton: o 617-312-8195
Greater Boston (East Boston, Malden, Everett, Chelsea), Southern MA y North Shore (Lynn, Revere, Gloucester, Salem)

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Vote ‘No On 2’ to Save Our Public Schools


The election is just a few days away and public school students across Massachusetts need your help!

As you may know, parents and educators are in locked into a fight with out-of-state billionaires who are trying to take over our public education system by passing Question #2 on Tuesday’s ballot. Local 509 is standing with thousands of concerned teachers and parents in asking that you VOTE NO ON QUESTION #2 so we can maintain our public schools and say no to unaccountable charter initiatives.

Pulls show a dead-even campaign on Question 2 with momentum on our side, so every conversation, door knock and phone call makes a big difference! Join Senator Elizabeth Warren, Attorney General Maura Healey, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and over 200 school committees from across the state in voting NO on Question 2.  

Want to take action in the final days of this campaign? Contact Deputy Political Director Calvin Feliciano to get involved!


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509 on the move | 509 en movimiento

Moving Notice_580pBeginning Monday, September 19, the SEIU 509 headquarters has relocated to 293 Boston Post Road West in Marlborough, Mass. Click here for new contact information for Local staff and elected leaders.

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509News | Summer 2016

You should have already received your copy of the 509News in the mail, but you can also access and download here. Read more about some of our recent victories, the upcoming 509 Leadership elections and how to obtain new member benefits.

Click here to view the newsletter in full screen.

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