Childcare bill passes out of the House
STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Milo Smith(R-Columbus) co-authored legislation concerning childcare safety regulations, which passed out of the Indiana House of Representatives on Tuesday with a 71-24 vote.
House Bill (HB) 1036 protects young Hoosiers by setting health, education, safety and training requirements for child care providers that receive money from the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF). The CCDF is a federal voucher program that helps low-income parents obtain child care while they work, receive training or earn an education.
“Among the top concerns of any society should be the quality of care and education for its children,” said Rep. Smith. “This bill helps ensure that Hoosier children are getting the highest quality care possible.”
HB 1036 will prevent religious institutions from being intentionally obstructed from CCDF eligibility. The bill also refines the current process for decertification, removes a problematic requirement for minimum floor space and clears up an ambiguous law that currently requires child care facilities to report the death or injury of a child, even when that child is not even on their premises.
“We all want to make sure that children are in safe, clean and properly staffed child care facilities,” said Rep. Smith. “By setting requirements for these facilities, parents can drop their children off for the day knowing that staff members have been trained and standards have been set.”
HB 1036 will move to the Senate for further discussion and debate. If signed into law, it will go into effect on July 1, 2014.
To find the most up-to-date bill status, visit www.in.gov/legislative.