Nixon signs new Missouri child-care requirements
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Parents could gain a way to compare the quality of child-care providers under legislation signed by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.
The bill signed Wednesday requires the state to develop a "system of quality indicators" so people can know whether child-care centers are meeting certain criteria.
The website will track whether child-care providers are licensed, meet health and safety standards, use curriculum and comply with staff training requirements.
The bill also requires the state to run a hotline for parent complaints about child-care providers.
The provisions take effect in October 2015.
Nixon said they are necessary for Missouri to continue to receive more than $100 million annually in federal funding to help offset child-care costs for lower-income individuals.