During the interim 2010, the Committee on Child Care identified areas of inconsistency in the basic health and safety requirements for child care providers as required by the State of Indiana. The committee reached unanimous consent on the items contained in SB56/HB1226, companion bills that standardize minimal health and safety requirements for child care providers. The bills were authored by Republicans Sen. Holdman and Rep. Lehman. .
What the SB56/HB1226 does:
Standardizes basic health and safety requirements for the staff, physical site, health and nutrition,including drug testing and policy, national criminal background checks for directors (not all staff),training in CPR, first aid, universal precautions and child abuse and neglect, hot and cold running water. Makes this consistent in the Indiana Code.
Provides registered ministries the same recourse for assistance by the Bureau of Child Care as provided to homes and centers when issues are identified. (Currently, the Bureau has no recourse but to request the Attorney General close a registered ministry.)
What SB56/HB1226 does not address:
Staff educational requirements For example, child care providers are not required to be literate, to have specific child care training, etc.
Staff/child ratios SB56/HB1226 does not require registered ministries or provider eligibility standards (PES) to accept Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) to have minimum number of adults to a number of children. Therefore, even if this bill is enacted into law, it will still be legal for unlicensed providers that accept taxpayer funded CCDF to have more children that what reasonable people expect (and licensed centers and homes are required to have) to care for children (and what every other state requires). Few states do not require staff/child ratios for providers accepting CCDF.
Capacities for child care – This bill does not address capacities. Homes and Centers are required to have a specified minimum square footage per child based on the residential or commercial building.
Fire code requirements – This bill does not require fire code compliance for registered ministries to be based on “actual use” of the building instead of “intended use” of the building.
Religious content ‐ The bill in no way addresses religious curriculum or programming for registered ministries or faith based child care. This bill in no way affects Sunday School, Vacation Bible School or part‐time programs that are not considered child care (Mothers’ Day Out, Part‐time Preschools, etc.).
Curriculum / programming – This bill does not address developmental needs of children through age
appropriate programming or curriculum. The goal of this bill is to standardize some health and safety requirements—not developmental needs.
Registered Ministry Advisory Council Recognition – This bill does not include the recommendation for the State to recognize formerly the Registered Ministry Advisory Council.
The Senate Health and Provider Services will meet this week on 2/9 and have been assigned to SB56. Committee members include: Senator Miller, Mishler R.M., Becker, Charbonneau, Gard, Grooms, Leising, Breaux R.M.M., Rogers, Simpson