New child care rules may not do much, expert warns

  • April 26, 2013 - 6:39 PM


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Minnesota lawmakers appear to favor guidelines advising home-based child care providers to check on sleeping infants every 15 to 30 minutes. This is a compromise from initial legislation that would have mandated such checks — in an effort to curb the recent increase in child deaths in home day cares.

But while this legislation inches closer to passage, a national expert doesn’t believe it will have a big impact. Amie Lapp Payne, a child care consultant in Texas, said the state might be better off with a different direction. She was more concerned that Minnesota requires home day-care providers only to be within sight OR sound of sleeping infants; some states require providers to be within sight AND sound.

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