Child Care

Family Providers Are Leading Advocates for Improving Early Education and Care.

In Massachusetts, family child care providers are uniting 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:

We Did It: Our Family Child Care Contract has been Ratified!

Family Child Care Ratification

Contract bargaining team members and organizers celebrate an overwhelming 95% ‘Yes!’ vote with Local 509 president Susan Tousignant.

CONTRACT: RATIFIED!
With more than 95% voting in favor, our first union contract has been ratified!

From a 10% rate increase over the three-year agreement to significant gains around training, specialized care and translation needs, we’ve made a great deal of progress in our first contract. We’ve also made great strides to improve the quality and affordability of child care for working families throughout Massachusetts. Details on these and other contract gains are available here – be sure to check it out.

This is an historic moment for Family Child Care Providers in Massachusetts – and one we can all be very proud of. Congratulations to everyone who helped make this landmark victory possible!

 

RATE INCREASE COMING SOON
The Patrick Administration has indicated they will petition the legislature to fund our first 4% raise, retroactive to July, 2013. Department of Early Education & Care officials believe the first increased payments will be processed beginning in April.

On July 1 of this year, the next 3% raise will go into effect – bringing the total rate increase to 7%. DEEC believes the 10% part-time rate improvements will also go into effect around this date. On July 1, 2015, the final 3% raise will go into effect – bringing us to the full 10% rate increase we won in this contract.

It is important to note that only in-home Family Child Care Providers covered by the union contract will receive all of these increases.

 

MEMBERSHIP & COPE CARDS
It is important to return your signed Membership and COPE cards as soon as possible. Your up-to-date membership card is vital to our efforts to grow and strengthen the voice of Family Child Care Providers. COPE participation is what helps us build support in the State House, and will put Family Child Care Providers in an even position for future contract negotiations.

If you need a new Membership or COPE card, please contact Isabel Gonzalez-Webster at igonzalez@seiu509.org or via phone at 617-924-8509 x583 and we’ll get new cards out to you right away.

Stay tuned for details on our ongoing work to secure more affordable child care vouchers — and our lobbying efforts for new funding for early education in the upcoming state budget. Let’s make 2014 another big a year for Family Child Care Providers in Massachusetts!

Leave a comment

¡Lo Hicimos: Nuestro Contrato ha sido Ratificado!

Family Child Care Ratification

Los miembros del equipo de negociación de contratos y organizadores celebran un abrumador 95% “¡Sí!” votar con el presidente del Local 509 Susan Tousignant.

CONTRATO: RATIFICADO!
Con mas de 95% votando a favor, nuestro primer contrato de union ha sido ratificado.

De un aumento de 10% de tarifas sobre el acuerdo de tres anos a significantes ganancias alrededor de entrenamientos, cuidado especializado y necesidades de traducción, hemos hecho un gran progreso en nuestro primer contrato. También hemos hecho pasos grandes para mejorar la calidad y hacer mas económico el cuidado infantil para familias trabajadoras en todo Massachusetts. Detalles en esto y otras ganancias del contrato están disponibles aquí – asegúrese en chequearlo.

Este es un momento histórico para Proveedores de Cuidado Infantil de Familia en Massachusetts – y uno en cual podemos estar bien orgullosos. ¡Felicitaciones para todos lo que ayudaron a hacer esta victoria posible!

 

AUMENTO DE TARIFA VINIENDO PRONTO
La Administración de Patrick ha indicado que van a peticionar a la legislatura para fundar nuestro aumento de 4%, retroactivo a Julio, 2013. Oficiales del Departamento de Educación Temprana piensan que el primer aumento de pago serán procesado empezando en abril.

En Julio 1 de este año, el siguiente 3% se dará efecto – trayendo el aumento total de tarifas a 7%. DEEC piensa que la mejorías en tiempo parcial también se darán efecto alrededor de esta fecha. En Julio 1, 2015, el aumento  final de 3% se dará efecto – trayendo el 10% completo de aumento en tarifas que ganamos en el contrato.

Es importante que note que solo Proveedores de Cuidado Infantil en el hogar cubiertos por este contrato de union recibirán todos estos incrementos.

 

MEMBRESIA & TARJETAS DE COPE
Es importante que devuelvan su membresía y tarjetas de COPE firmadas lo mas pronto posible. Su tarjeta de membresía actualizada es vital para nuestros esfuerzos para crecer y fortalecer la voz de los Proveedores de Cuidado Infantil. Participación de COPE es lo que nos ayuda a construir apoyo en la Casa Estatal, y pondré Proveedores de Cuidado Infantil en una posición más fuerte para las futuras negociaciones de contratos

Si Ud. necesita una tarjeta nueva de Membresía o COPE, por favor póngase en contacto con igonzalez@seiu509.org o por teléfono al 617-924-8509 x583 y le mandaremos nuevas tarjetas inmediatamente.

 

Mientras tanto, manténgase al tanto por detalles de nuestro trabajo continuo para asegurar mas vouchers económicos para Cuidado Infantil – y nuestros esfuerzos de presionar por nuevos fondos para la educación temprana en el próximo presupuesto estatal. ¡Hagamos el 2014 otro gran año para Proveedores de Cuidado Infantil en Massachusetts!

Leave a comment

Child Care Contract Ratification Voting Locations Announced

Regional Meetings & Ratification Voting Locations

Reuniones Regionales y Lugares de Votación de Ratificación

In addition to voting by mail, Family Child Care providers can also vote in-person at one of the locations listed below.
Además de votar por correo, los proveedores de cuidado infantil familiar también pueden votar en uno de los lugares indicados a continuación.

BOSTON
Saturday, January 11 (English)
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Yawkey Boys & Girls Club
115 Warren Street – Roxbury, MA
Sábado, 25 de Enero (Español)
1:00 PM a 4:00 PM
Yawkey Boys & Girls Club
115 Warren Street – Roxbury, MA
LAWRENCE
Wednesday, January 22 (English)
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Lawrence Community Connections
18 Broadway Street – Lawrence, MA
Jueves, 16 de Enero (Español)
6:00 PM a 9:00 PM
Lawrence Community Connections
18 Broadway Street – Lawrence, MA
SPRINGFIELD
Saturday, January 25 (English)
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
SEIU 1199 Offices
20 Maple Street – Springfield, MA
Sábado, 25 de Enero (Español)
1:00 PM a 3:00 PM
SEIU 1199 Offices
20 Maple Street – Springfield, MA
WORCESTER
Saturday, January 25 (English)
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
YMCA of Central Massachusetts
766 Main Street – Worcester, MA
Sábado, 11 de Enero (Español)
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
YMCA of Central Massachusetts
766 Main Street – Worcester, MA

FALL RIVER
Thursday, January 23 (English/Español)
Jueves, 23 de Enero
6:00 PM to/a 9:00 PM
Comfort Inn & Suites
360 Airport Road – Fall River, MA

EAST BOSTON
Thursday, January 16 (English/Español)
Jueves, 16 de Enero
6:00 PM to/a 8:00 PM
Our Lady of The Assumption Parish
404 Sumner Street – East Boston, MA

LOWELL
Friday, January 17 (English/ Español)
Viernes, 17 de Enero
6:00PM to/a 8:00PM
SEIU Local 888 Offices
104 University Avenue – Lowell, MA

LYNN
Tuesday, January 21 (English/ Español)
Martes, 21 de Enero
6:00PM to/a 8:00PM
IUE-CWA Local 201
112 Exchange Street – Lynn, MA

Leave a comment

Tentative Family Child Care Contract Agreement Now Available Online

Now that our Family Child Care Bargaining Team has come to an tentative agreement with the Department of Early Education & Care (EEC), early childhood educators across the commonwealth will vote on ratification of our new contract. Ahora que nuestro Equipo de Negociación de Cuidado Infantil Familiar ha llegado a un principio de acuerdo con el Departamento de Educación Temprana y Cuidado (CEE), los proveedores de educación temprana a votar sobre la ratificación de nuestro nuevo contrato.

Our agreement includes several hard-fought gains Nuestro acuerdo incluye varios avances obtenidos a través de mucho esfuerzo:

  • A 10% rate increase over three years Un aumento de tarifa del 10% sobre el transcurso de tres años
  • An increase in rates for part-time care Un aumento en las tarifas de cuidado de medio tiempo
  • Transportation subsidies for independent providers who meet certain conditions Subsidios de transporte para proveedores independientes que cumplan con ciertas condiciones
  • A formal grievance procedure to enforce our rights Un proceso formal de agravios para hacer valer nuestros derechos
  • Improved access to QRIS training materials — in multiple languages — and other professional development opportunities Mejoras en el acceso a los materiales de entrenamiento QRIS — en varios idiomas –y otras oportunidades de desarrollo profesional

Click here to download a copy of the full contract agreement.
Haga clic aquí para descargar una copia del acuerdo de contrato completo.

(Note: the language appearing on this website represents the agreements reached between the Union and DEEC. It is possible that the Union and DEEC will make a few  minor modifications to this language for the purpose of making things clearer, but the agreements  themselves will not be different. ’El lenguaje que aparecen en este sitio web representa los acuerdos alcanzados entre la Unión y DEEC. Es posible que la Unión y DEEC harán algunas modificaciones menores a esta lengua con el fin de hacer las cosas más claras, pero los acuerdos mismos no será diferentes..)

Ratification ballots will arrive in the mail soon — along with contract highlights and details on upcoming family child care information sessions. Be sure to follow the enclosed instructions to ensure your ballot is counted. Papeletas de ratificación se llegará por correo en breve — junto con toques de luz de contratos y detalles sobre los próximos períodos de sesiones de información de cuidado infantil familiar. Asegúrese de seguir las instrucciones que se incluyen para asegurar que su voto sea considerado.

Questions? Need additional information? Contact us any time!  ¿Tiene preguntas? ¿Precisa más información? ¡Contáctenos a toda hora!
(800) 632-8079 x583 or igonzalez@seiu509.org

Leave a comment

Family Child Care Providers Reach Landmark Agreement that Improves Compensation, Increases Access for Working Families

Family child care providers celebrate their tentative contract agreement with DEEC Commissioner Thomas Weber.

Family child care providers celebrate their tentative contract agreement with Thomas Weber, Commissioner of the Department of Early Education & Care.

In a landmark agreement that will improve the lives of nearly 4,000 Bay State family child care providers, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 509 and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts reached a tentative three-year contract agreement Tuesday evening. The settlement provides significant gains for early childhood educators around compensation, training, and specialized care – while also improving the quality of and overall access to child care for working families.

The tentative settlement with the Department of Early Education & Care caps off a nine-year effort amongst early childhood educators and the families they serve, who joined together to gain a stronger voice in improving the early education and care system. The agreement will go into effect once it is ratified by a majority vote of participating providers in the coming weeks. As with other state contracts, legislative leaders and Governor Patrick will ultimately determine funding mechanisms to fulfill the family child care agreement.

“This contract represents a monumental victory for family child care providers in Massachusetts,” said Maritza Manrique, a bargaining committee member who operates a family child care in East Boston. “While this is only the first step, we’re incredibly proud of the significant strides we’ve made in raising wages and standards for early childhood educators across the commonwealth.”

The tentative agreement includes hard-fought gains on:

  • Rate Increase: Family child care providers have won a 10% rate increase over the three-year span of the contract – 4% this year and 3% each in 2014 and 2015. This marks the first overall rate increase for early childhood educators in several years, despite double-digit spikes in operating costs.
  • Improved Quality of Care: Early childhood educators now have expanded access to training and professional development opportunities, helping to improve the overall quality of care delivered to pre-K children in Massachusetts.
  • Parents’ Right to Choose: Contrary to prior practice, decisions on which child care provider to use will now rest solely with parents.
  • Serving Children with Special Needs: In response to providers’ reports, the Department of Early Education & Care will conduct a joint study to assess and address the growing need for child care services for children with special needs.
  • Expanded Hours: In the hope of addressing parents’ work schedule realities, providers will join together with the Department of Early Education & Care to study the demand for care during ‘non-standard hours’ – helping parents to secure child care before 7am or after 5pm, if needed.
  • A Voice for Providers: The contract establishes formal meetings between family child care providers and the Department of Early Education & Care to address issues in early childhood education. Providers will also have a seat at the table in all future policy changes.

Click here for a full breakdown of the tentative agreement’s major planks:
In English |En Español

In addition to significant gains in the landmark contract agreement, early educators have prioritized increased access to affordable child care for working families throughout the commonwealth. These efforts have resulted in more than $26 million in new funding dedicated to reducing the child care waiting list in Massachusetts – ensuring that 3,200 families now have access to affordable care. The investments demonstrate the tangible results providers and parents have been able to achieve with their newly-won voice on Beacon Hill.

“With this contract, we’ve won a real voice for family child care providers,” said Willie-Mae Palmer, a Springfield-based early childhood educator and organizer. “From new training and professional development opportunities to formal representation in decisions regarding early education, we’re now in a position to really improve the quality and accessibility of child care for thousands of families.”

 

“With this agreement, the Commonwealth is formally recognizing the valuable role family child care providers play in educating our future generations,” said SEIU Local 509 Susan Tousignant. “We are incredibly proud of the work we’ve done together to make child care more affordable and accessible in Massachusetts – and we’re excited to officially welcome these early childhood educators to the Union for Human Service Workers and Educators, SEIU Local 509.”

Leave a comment

Concerned Parents, Family Child Care Providers Meet with Mass. State Education Secretary

Parents, Providers Meet with Mass Ed Secretary

Throughout the summer months, concerned parents and child care providers generated hundreds of calls and emails to state legislators, urging them to protect funding for early education and care.  Their work had a huge impact, and the legislature ultimately passed a budget that included more than $26.5 million in new funding for early education and care.

This significant investment was a major victory, but the KidsFirst Massachusetts team wasn’t willing to rest on its laurels. With the budget largely settled, parents and providers moved to the next — and perhaps even more important — step of calling for progress in contract negotiations. On July 10, a delegation of more than 75 stakeholders brought their message directly to Secretary of Education Matt Malone, calling for a contract that improves compensation and working conditions for providers, as well as increased access to affordable childcare for working families.

More than a dozen personal stories from impacted constituents were presented at the meeting — and Malone noted not only that he heard the delegation’s message loud and clear, but that he would personally bring the demands back to the Department’s negotiators and the governor. One thing’s for certain: the action underscored the power of parents and providers in the fight for quality, affordable child care.

Leave a comment

Take Action to Help Settle the Family Child Care Contract!

Childcare Artwork Delivery - Pass that Bill!

Over the last few weeks, concerned parents and child care providers placed hundreds of calls and emails to our legislators, urging them to protect funding for early education and care.

Our work has made a huge impact, and the legislature ultimately passed a budget that included more than $26.5 million in new funding for early education and care! The investments include $15 million to help cut the child care waiting list — giving 2,000 more kids under five access to quality, affordable care.

This is an important first step, but our work isn’t finished. Our next step is to negotiate a contract that improves compensation and working conditions for providers and increases access to affordable childcare for working families.

You can take action this week to support quality child care by signing the petition to Governor Patrick. Tell the Administration it’s time to settle the family child care providers’ contract now!

We’ve come a long way in improving the quality and affordability of child care over the last few months, but we still have work to do. Please sign the petition to help drive our message home.

Leave a comment

Family Child Care Providers Union Certified!

Thanks to the hard work of family child care providers across the state, the Commonwealth’s Department of Labor Relations has certified their union with SEIU Local 509. We’re overjoyed to welcome over 3,000 providers into our union!

Leave a comment

Governor Patrick Signs Child Care Bill

Dozens of child care providers in Massachusetts celebrated a victory seven years in the making Friday when Gov. Deval Patrick formally signed legislation allowing them to collectively bargain. They were joined at the Massachusetts State House by President Mary Kay Henry, Local 509 President Susan Tousignant and state administrators.

“This is the moment that all providers of family child care around the state have been waiting for,” said child care provider Elizabeth Morales. “This law gives us the voice and support that we all need to keep on fighting for what we believe is just and to continue improving the quality of early education and care.

More than 4,600 family child care providers in Massachusetts now have the right to collectively bargain with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In the upcoming weeks, it is anticipated that a strong majority of family child care providers will file with the Massachusetts Department of Labor to become members of SEIU Local 509.

Leave a comment

Child Care Bill Passes House and Senate

We’re excited to announce that the bill that will give family child care providers a strong voice in early childhood education has passed through the House and the Senate. The bill has now been sent to Governor Patrick’s desk, and he will sign the bill shortly.

For the last eight years, family child care providers in Massachusetts have been working to pass the bill, H.3986 – An act relative to early education and care by family child care providers, that will grant them the right to organize and collectively bargain with the state. Now it’s time for providers to come together and make the changes we want to see in our early childhood education system.

“I’m so happy that after eight years of hard work that this bill has actually passed,” said Michelle Rubin, a family child care provider from Greenfield. “Giving providers a voice is a great step forward for our kids, and now we’re ready to work together to put the needs of children first in our early childhood education.”

The first step in the process is for providers to sign union cards showing the state that they’re committed to collectively bargaining with the state. Once a majority of providers have signed cards, we will present them to the state’s labor board, and then we can begin the process of negotiating our contract.

 

Leave a comment