In an effort to reduce their service to children who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, cities across the country have been implementing new laws aimed at preventing children from entering or remaining in a child care facility.
For decades, day-care facilities were not held responsible for the services rendered by their staff, since children did not reside in them. But under the new legislation that was recently passed in California and New York, children in childcare facilities must be housed in facilities approved by local child welfare agencies.
This is the second time in recent memory that state legislatures have made it harder for children in care facilities to be neglected. California, like many other states, requires daycare providers to acquire local government certification before they can operate a facility.
The new California title XLV title XXV Day Care Services Providers Act gives local child welfare agencies the authority to inspect children’s homes during all hours. The bill makes it possible for parents to have peace of mind knowing their kids are safe even when they aren’t home.
One of the biggest challenges faced by parents caring for a child with a severe disability is having access to transportation. The provision of disabled individuals’ transportation was included in the original Compact for Parents, but this remained a draft provision.
When the final version of the bill was released, however, title XXV of the bill was added which now includes a rider that will prevent non-certified daycare providers from providing transportation services unless they also receive certification from the state. Because the provision is attached to the larger bill, this isn’t likely to change anytime in the near future.
As the number of homeless children continues to rise, local municipalities struggle with how to solve the problem. Politicians passed a resolution encouraging city officials to develop strategies for meeting the challenge, and the city is putting money into several programs.
Among the many strategies being considered is increasing funding for after-school programs. The provision of transportation was already included in previous versions of the bill, but this is the first time it has been included as a rider. Head on over to busybees.edu.au/locations/torquay for more specific details.
The second rider to be inserted into the bill is eviction prevention. If a child or an adult resident of a daycare facility has an eviction notice in their mailbox, and they can’t get a new mail address because of the date the notice was written, then they will be required to seek eviction prevention services.
The purpose of this rider is to ensure that vulnerable children do not end up in an abusive situation. This is part of a growing trend of focusing resources on vulnerable kids. The final rider to be added is the Preservation of Public Records Act.
This rider requires that any public information provided by daycare facilities be maintained in a database for six years. This database will allow anyone researching a child daycare facility to find information quickly and easily. It will also make it easier for a county to provide accurate data on daycare services.
These are just two of the twenty-nine proposed rider options being considered. There will be much more available once the bill passes. The aim of this process is to make sure that children in daycare are safe and have access to quality care.
However, there is the possibility of conflict with other government agencies concerning services rendered by daycare facilities. For example, they may have to turn down services rendered by children’s homes if the home is overbooked.
This could create a situation where a child who would otherwise be in a good position to receive treatment from a specialist gets denied service at home due to a mistake made by a home administrator. Parents and other concerned parties should consult county and state resources for more information on services rendered by day-care centers.
Many times, these resources will provide daycare operators with copies of licensing documents and other information that they need to ensure they are not violating any county, state, or federal regulations. State licensing agencies will also usually have detailed policies regarding what they require of daycare operators.
Parents should research these thoroughly to ensure that they are complying with all regulations. Having these policies clearly in place can make a significant difference in the success rate of an individual business.