State News

March 19, 2013

Day care regulators changing some rules

MACON — Georgia day care regulators are changing some rules and adding others in an effort aimed at better protecting and educating children.

The changes are slated to affect everything from teacher training and screening to safe sleeping.

A new requirement that Georgia day care workers receive federal fingerprint background checks passed in the Georgia House of Representatives. The bill was written by state Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, after authorities learned a Florida felon was running Progressive Christian Academy in Macon.

Proposed sleeping requirements call for daycare centers to remove blankets, stuffed animals and other comfort objects from cribs and only allow infant swaddling with a detailed doctor’s note. The regulations also require children found sleeping in playpens, swings, car seats, bouncers and other equipment to immediately be moved to a crib.

Executive Director of the Georgia Child Care Association, Carolyn Salvador, says her group, which represents day care centers, also wants the federal fingerprinting requirement to extend to after-school programs, partial-day programs, and camps, as well.

A Senate committee is now considering the measure. Unlike most states, Georgia now requires only state background checks, and last year day care providers had opposed federal checks.

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Information from: The Macon Telegraph, http://www.macontelegraph.com

 

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