SS/SCS/SB 720 - This act modifies provisions relating to rules and requirements by the Department of Social Services for child-care providers who receive state or federal funds for providing such services.
The new provisions establish increased child care provider training requirements as well as building and physical premises requirements. The Department is required to establish a publicly available website listing provider specific information about health and licensing requirements, inspections and history of violations and compliance actions taken. With assistance from state-wide stakeholders, including child care provider and parents, and statewide advocates, the Department is also required to provide information to establish a transparent system of quality indicators to provide parents with a way to differentiate between child care providers available in their community. A hotline shall also be established for parents to submit provider complaints.
This provision is substantially similar to a provision CCS/SCS/HCS/HB 1831 (2014); and HCS/SS/SB 869 (2014); in SS/HB 1184 (2014); and HCS/SCS/SB 873 (2014).