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New Indiana Legislation for Equal Daycare Standards

Steve Wagner

As a new legislative session is about to begin, lawmakers are pushing for more stringent legislation in regards to daycare centers across the state.

Currently, privately owned, religious daycare centers have much more relaxed requirements when it comes to supervision, cleanliness and child care regulations. However, these non-government run facilities still receive government funding; causing many people to fall strongly under the belief that these facilities should be held to the same standards as government-run facilities.

During this legislative session, three new bills will be introduced, each with the intent of protecting children, no matter what type of daycare facility they attend. One bill, proposed by Representative Timothy Wesco, has a focus on continuing education for workers at all types of daycares.

The other two bills, being introduced by Senator Greg Taylor and Representative Kevin Mahan, focus on staff-to-child ratios, based on ages of the children being supervised.

The discrepancies between licensed and unlicensed daycares must be eliminated and the gap between the types of care offered needs to be closed once and for all. The majority of child injuries and deaths in daycare settings are happening in unlicensed facilities, even when those facilities are accepting government money. It’s time all daycare centers are held to the same standards, for the sake of protecting our children.

If your child has suffered injury or neglect at an unlicensed childcare, or if you have suffered the loss of your child due to daycare negligence, the lawyers at Wagner Reese are here to assist you through this terrifying time in your life. Give us a call today to find out how we can assist you through your suffering and bring justice to you and your family.

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