Wednesday, May 12, 2010
UPDATE: Please note the changes from what I had originally posted. I'll make the changes this font color. These changes come after speaking with Brenda Landwehr, a state representative. As of now, Lexie's Law still has not been signed into law by the Governor. I doubt that it will take much longer though. Also, I created a second post with new information about when inspections will start. Find it here.
This bill should be in effect soon. This is what I’ve found out about the bill and what it will change for current and future providers.
Homes: Registered homes will no longer exist. All registered providers will be converted to licensed homes.
Inspections: Future providers will be inspected initially. Current providers will be inspected on a risk-based system. (This means that homes judged to be the riskiest will be inspected more often than those who always are in compliance.)
Supervision: The state wants to establish supervision standards for caring for children 5 and under. Basically, they want to make sure that providers are within seeing or hearing distance. The biggest mandate is supervising sleeping children. With this bill, providers must check on sleeping children periodically—not just babies but toddlers too. (Note: Really note this changes--seeing OR hearing distance and periodically [no more 15min rule])
Parent Access: KDHE will be asked to come up with an online system that lists safety information and inspection violations. KDHE does not present this system until February 2011 to the State, so parents will not have access to this information for awhile.
Education Requirements: All current providers are “grandfathered” in, but all future providers must have at least a high school diploma or GED.
Ground for Revoking Licenses: Licenses would be revoked if a provider had repeatedly violated the regulations or contributed to the death or serious bodily harm of a child while in care.
Fire Extinguishers: All homes must have a fire extinguisher that is serviced and easily accessible.
Fees: Fees would increase to $75 plus $1 times the maximum number of children–$85 for licensed homes;Late fees would cost 100% the original fee.
Current Registered Homes: All Registered daycares would operate as Registered homes until the providers had met all requirements to become licensed.
Other Changes: Providers’ licenses would require an expiration sticker.
Child Capacities: The bill does not change the number of children a provider can care for; Licensed homes are still capped at 10.
Licensing Hours: Current providers with Registered daycare homes will have 1 year to meet the 15 hour training requirements.
For more information, see these links:
Thanks Dayna for bringing this to my attention.
*Please comment if you have questions/concerns about the bill . This is what I was told by Brenda Landwehr.