Ironically, however, they did not include funding to hire moreinspectors. Today, fewer than 50 people are responsible for inspectingmore than 8200 day care facilities across the state -- and the number ofsuch sites is growing. Day care center operator Catharine Collins saysthat officials are not able to do a thorough inspection these days.
So, left to their own judgment, when parents choose day care theyusually base their decision on how a facility looks. But a provision in the newlaw may make that choice easierby rating centers and making those ratings public. The law also requiresmore training for day care workers. Operators say it's a good move.
Susan Fleming-Hansen, a child care resource director, said that withouttraining, quality is difficult to achieve.
Home day care programs are included. They will be licensed, rated andoperators must be 21 and have a high school degree.
Rita DeMario operates an in-home day care program and welcomes thechanges.
Thedetails of the plan still have to be worked out. An amendment tothe bill creates a Legislative Study Commission on ChildCare to help do this.
The ratings of all statewide day care centers are supposed to becompleted within a year.
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