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Day Care Law Passes Final Senate Vote

Posted August 29, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Your children may be safer if a new law passed by the state legislature Thursday does what it's intended to do. The law, designed to rate day care centers and calls for more training of day care workers, passed its final vote in the Senate Thursday.

A lot of people who lobbied for this bill were concerned it might not pass this session but in the 11th hour, it did.

The law challenges day care centers to increase their standards. If they fail to do so, they face a low rating which means they could lose business.

The governor believes this is the first step in providing better care for the state's children.

In terms of training... all day care workers will have to earn an Early Childhood Credential within six months of their hiring dates. Continuing education for staff will focus on 9 areas including how to plan a safe environment and how to understand a child's growth and behavior.