New license guidelines for day care centers

Legislation that would set new licensing guidelines for daycare centers and facilities gained approval from the House Health and Welfare committee on Tuesday.

Senate Bill 222, which is part of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s attempt to restructure publicly-funded early childhood education, moves to the House floor for debate. It already has been backed by the Senate.

While SB222 cleared the committee on a 10-2 vote, supporters from the child care industry voiced concern about a change made by the House committee that would dissolve an advisory panel created to help form policies and regulations for the new licensing standards.

Under the amendment, the Louisiana Advisory Council on Childcare and Early Education would disband on Jan. 1, 2014, a change opposed by Alan Young, a representative for the Louisiana Childcare Association. Young said his group supported the proposal based on the inclusion of the advisory board.

State Health and Welfare Committee Chairman Scott Simon, who proposed the amendment, said he was concerned about having an advisory board helping to regulate its own industry.