New HHS Child Care Rules Proposed

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced new revisions to the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) regulations to better protect the health and safety of children in child care. The last time there has been a comprehensive revision of CCDBG regulation was in 1998, which means that currently, the rules are 15 years old and well overdue for review and  update. The new rules are a huge step to ensure that children are safe in child care and in a setting to promote their healthy development.  Each week, nearly 11 million children under age 5 are in some type of child care setting for an average of 35 hours. It is important that during these hours, children are in a safe environment that promotes their growth and well-being.

We know from Child Care Aware(R) of America’s nationwide parent polling, that the logical expectations of parents far exceed state child care licensing policies.  The regulations are posted and the rule has been re-opened for public comment until August 23, 2013. Once comments are reviewed, HHS will issue final regulations.  Please visit this page often as there will be regular updates and tools developed for guidance to help you and your networks to submit informed and thoughtful commentary about the proposed rules.

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