This petition is to change SB17-110. Parents, families, residents and childcare providers expect that our children's safety is a priority for CDHS.https://openstates.org/co/bills/2017A/SB17-110/
The bill doesn’t assure the children’s safety.
SB17-110, as currently worded, would allow anybody to watch 4 kids legally without any minimum requirements, not even a background check.
We were told that this bill is designed to create more care options for CCCAP families as well as getting illegal childcare providers to come out of the dark and hopefully get licensed. The sad truth is that with the passing of the bill, as currently worded, many licensed providers will just go unlicensed. This bill could actually have the opposite effect of what the sponsoring Senators had in mind.
Therefore, we request the bill to be changed to ensure the safety of the children. We want to make sure that safe guards are put in place for children’s safety. We understand that there is need for more childcare! However, the safety of the children is of utmost importance in these crucial years of child development.
Every time something happens in an unlicensed childcare home, it falls back on licensed homes. They get a bad reputation, because the media only portrays these illegal providers as “childcare homes”. This puts daycare businesses in danger as well.
We need SB17-110 to include at least the following requirements:
- Register as an exempt provider with CDHS
- Pass Background Check
- CPR/First Aid/Infant Safety
- Safe Sleep
- A “no more than 2 under 2” ratio