Proposed Bill Would Rate Childcare

1 decade 2 years 7 months ago Wednesday, February 21 2007 Feb 21, 2007 Wednesday, February 21, 2007 9:34:31 PM CST February 21, 2007 in News

State legislators hope to change this.

A new bill in the Senate would require a system for rating the quality of licensed childcare facilities.

"It will allow parents to look at early childhood education centers, and they will have a five-star rating similar to a hotel or a restaurant," Sen. Charlie Shields, D-Buchanan County, said.

By 2014, the proposed bill would give all daycare facilities in Missouri a quality rating.

Legislators believe this user-friendly system would help parents.

"They know what a five-star hotel is. They know what a five-star restaurant is. With this, they will be able to know what a five-star early childhood education center is," Shields said.

"I went to at least eight different places before we came to Kidz Zone," parent Andre Sardis said. "I've got to have a five or somewhere close to it. My son is everything to me and he needs to be in a place where I know he's going to be taken care of."

The Department of Social Services, along with other state departments, would be in charge of rating the facilities.

Lawmakers debate the bill in the House later this week.

If the bill passes, ratings for childcare facilities would be posted on the Internet.

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