The U.S. states that license providers that operate day care centers must have the ability to license children in their care, and not just at a centralized location.
The states are working on the issue, with a bill before the U.N. General Assembly that would establish an independent licensing authority for providers that are not affiliated with a parent-child organization.
States have until December 1 to apply for licenses to operate day-care centers, but some are pushing back against the need for such a regulatory structure.
The American College of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Academy of Pediatrics both issued statements opposing the bill.
The AAP said the licensing authority should not regulate day care, but rather allow for parents to choose what day care is available for their children.
“Child care is not an essential service for families and should be considered a non-essential service,” said Dr. Anne L. Schwartz, AAP chair.
“It should not be forced upon families by the state.
The bill is based on outdated notions about the role of child care, which are at odds with the reality of children’s needs and lives.”
While it is not uncommon for states to have licenses, the proposed legislation is the first that requires that day-to-day care facilities also be licensed, with the authority to license child care services.
States are also working on how to regulate day-caring at a family-based day care center, with one bill, introduced by Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan, looking to require the day care to be supervised by a licensed adult.
Sullivan said he wants the law to apply only to the day-of-care facility and not to other types of day care facilities, such as day care spaces and preschools.
He also said the bill would not include any requirements that day care providers adhere to the state’s childcare standards, including safe environments and social skills.
In addition to child care centers, there are a number of other services that day cares provide to children, including school supplies, supplies for learning and physical education, child care and day care services for adults, as well as daycare-related services.
Some states have introduced bills that would require day care operators to provide safe spaces for children, but they are often not implemented because of the cost.