Latest Child care News

Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

Feb. 12, 2020 3:01 PM EST

Recent editorials from Tennessee newspapers: ___ Feb. 11 The Johnson City Press on unlicenseds child car providerse: Finding suitable and affordable child care undoubtedly is a struggle for many working families, particularly those without abundant resources. We applaud state Rep. Timothy Hill, R-Bountville, for...

Ex-daycare worker sent to jail for slapping, shaking kids

Feb. 12, 2020 7:37 AM EST

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A former worker at a Florida daycare center has been sentenced to four months in jail for slapping and shaking children in her care, court officials said. In addition, Katherine S. Weitz, 66, was ordered to serve 10 years of probation following a plea agreement in which she...

Hawaii lawmakers debate child care and early learning goals

Feb. 11, 2020 10:49 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers seeking to increase affordable child care in the state face a debate over the qualifications for providers. House and Senate leaders have made child care part of a joint legislative package negotiated with Democratic Gov. David Ige, Hawaii Public Radio reported Monday. A...

Emails: TennCare work mandate held up amid feds' questions

Feb. 6, 2020 1:14 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's push to establish Medicaid work requirements remains hung up amid questions from the federal government about using welfare money to fund the program, according to emails obtained by The Associated Press in a public records request. TennCare, Tennessee's Medicaid...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Feb. 5, 2020 2:05 PM EST

Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers: ___ Feb. 4 The Somerset Commonwealth Journal on a Senate bill that would bring state childcare facilities in line with federal standards: We want to make sure our children are cared for properly. And for parents who have to use childcare facilities, that includes making...

Measure could put early learning classes in Hawaii libraries

Feb. 4, 2020 9:37 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii libraries could accommodate early learning classrooms under a state legislative proposal to expand childcare services, officials have said. The Legislature is expected to consider a proposal to build 100 early learning classrooms each year over a 10-year period to serve children ages...

EPA announces $2.2 million grant for drinking water program

Jan. 29, 2020 12:28 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a $2.2 million grant for Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington to help identify sources of lead in drinking water in schools and child-care facilities. The funds are provided through EPA’s new drinking water grant program established...

Senate OKs lead tests for child care providers, camps

Jan. 21, 2020 2:42 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — All day care centers, child care providers and children's camps would have to test their water for lead under a bill the state Senate approved Tuesday. Current state law requires anyone who cares for at least four children under age seven less than 24 hours a day to obtain a license...

Lack of child-care on Seacoast a growing problem

Jan. 21, 2020 2:31 PM EST

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — Ginny Bridle has been running the Village Preschool in Hampton for 26 years. After more than two decades in the child-care business, Bridle sees things getting worse for parents seeking high-quality care and day-care directors trying to make ends meet. “There is a child-care...

Vacant school building being remodeled for child care

Jan. 16, 2020 2:45 PM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A vacant school building in Missoula is being remodeled into a child care facility, the Missoula Early Learning Center announced. The center has signed an agreement to lease part of the vacant Cold Springs Elementary school, co-owner Mark Roberts said Wednesday. They plan to renovate...