From: AAP Utah
To: Dean Sanpei, Eric Hutchings, Ken Ivory, Brian King, John G. Mathis, Ronda Menlove, Curtis Oda, Lee Perry, Val Peterson, Paul Ray, Larry Wiley,
Subject: HB159 Regulation of Child Care Programs
Date: Thu Feb 27 00:10:13 MST 2014
Body:

February 26, 2014

 

The Honorable Dean Sanpei, Chair

Members, House Rules Committee

 

On behalf of the Utah Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, representing pediatricians statewide,we strongly urge you to HOLD HB159.

 

HB159 removes the rule-making authority from the Utah Department of Health to a few licensed child care providers—who would be creating licensing rules for their own regulation. Self-regulation weakens the consumer protection system and risks being profit driven.

 

Please help Utah avoid backsliding on our commitment to protect children in child care and to improve the quality of care. If you would like to discuss our position further or need more information, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your consideration!

 

Sincerely,

Claudia Fruin, MD, FAAP – Past President & Legislative Chair

Renee Olesen, MD, FAAP – Child Care & Parenting Chapter Champion

UTAH CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS

Office: (801) 968-3411

Email: office@aaputah.org

 

References:

1.  American Public Health Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Caring for Our Children—National Health and Safety Performance Standards. Guidelines for Out-of-Home Child Care Programs. APHA/AAP; 1992.

 

2.  Regulation and Guidelines Toward a Healthy Child-Care Setting;Pediatrics 1994; 94:6, 1004-1107.