INDIANAPOLIS—On Thursday, the Indiana Senate approved a conference committee report for a House proposal sponsored by State Senator Greg Taylor (D-Indianapolis) that will establish child care provider requirements for funding eligibility. House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1036 will create safety regulations that all child care facilities must follow in order to receive Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) grants.
“Although this is a good first step, this proposal could have done a lot more to protect Hoosier children in day care facilities,” said Sen. Taylor. “I guarantee you will see another proposal from me next session to bring our registered child care standards up to par with licensed daycare facilities in Indiana.”
In order to be one step closer toward closing the gap in safety standards, staff-to-child ratios are being modified and annual, 12-hour long training sessions for all supervisors and mandatory reports of suspected child abuse will be required.
Sen. Taylor said that setting up standards for child care providers to meet before receiving tax dollars is important for child safety, but he hopes to see state-wide regulations that will monitor all child care facilities and enforce equal safety and educational standards for all young Hoosiers.
“There have been 21 child deaths in unlicensed day cares since 2009, and we are one of 11 states that do not require home day cares to be licensed in order to operate,” said Sen. Taylor. “This points to a much larger problem that must be addressed in order to keep every Hoosier child safe.”
The final conference committee report for HEA 1036 was approved by the Senate by a vote of 40-6, and the act will now be sent to the governor for his signature, veto, or passage into law without his signature.
Sen. Taylor represents Senate District 33 which includes portions of Wayne, Pike, Washington and Center townships in Marion County. For more information on Sen. Taylor, his legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit www.IN.gov/s33.