From: Ilse Louise Wilson
To: Val Peterson, Dana Layton, Keith Grover, Jon Stanard, Dean Sanpei, Rebecca Lockhart, Francis Gibson, Michael Mckell, Marc Roberts, Merrill Nelson, Jerry Anderson, Kay Mciff, Brad Last, John Westwood, mnoel, Lowry Snow, Don Ipson,
Subject: Bill HB 159 - PLEASE Read!!!
Date: Mon Mar 10 15:46:30 MDT 2014
Body:
“Child Care Center Licensing Committee” to regulate and make rules for center based child care. Provides for duties and powers of the child care Center licensing committee
7 members appointed by governor and approved by senate:
3 center owners, a parent, a child development expert, a pediatrician, and an architect.
  “Residential child care licensing advisory committee” shall advice the department on rules made by the department under this chapter. , Residential toadvise the department of residential child care.
9 members appointed by the executive director:
2 childcare consumers, 3 licensed residential child care providers, 1 certified residential child care provider, 1 early childhood development expert, 2 health care providers.
 
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:
Centers care for more children in total than residential. Why only 7 members on their board?
Apples and Apricots – Why do residential providers have to be an advisory committee, but centers make their own rules. Should be one standard for all!
Not all stakeholders were consulted! Like Family childcare providers…
The department makes and enforces rules for residential childcare providers. Yet the new licensing committee shall make rules that govern center based child care.
 
The Professional Family Child Care Association of Utah is an association dedicated to inspire children to reach their full potential though supporting their family child care providers by increasing quality improvement through continued education, and encouraging professionalism. We have been serving children and their providers in Utah for over 40 years, longevity that is a testament to our ability to adapt to the ever-changing needs of child care in Utah.
As a group of your constituents we are very concerned about the new bill HB 159 establishing a child care licensing committee that will be responsible for regulating and making rules governing child care licensing for themselves. The Professional Family Child Care Association of Utah (PFCCA), strongly opposes this bill and plead for your support in a call for action that will make a difference to thousands of children in Utah.
On March 4, 2014 a vote of 9 to 5 in favor of amending the rule by the House Business and Labor Committee gave Child Care centers the power to regulate themselves. It not only gives them power to make their own rules, it gives them the power of regulating and making rules as the State Child Care Licensing Committee. Residential providers, child care providers that provide in-home care, were given a backseat as an Advisory committee.
Our biggest concern is that Centers are in business to make money to pay their high overhead. To give them power to make their own rules is putting the children of Utah at risk. To give our children a fair chance we need to make the licensing committee a mix of residential providers, center providers, and other members of the community that have an understanding of children and their welfare.
The Professional Family Child Care Association of Utah has spent the past 40 years fighting to encourage our members to get their Degrees and continue their education, to be involved in the community, to be professional. We chose this profession intentionally. To put the Family Child Care Specialists as an Advisory Committee is unacceptable.
We urge you to fight HB 159 and refuse to give Child Care Centers the power to make their own rules and regulations that will only further their business endeavors and not the future of Utah…Our Children. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Kind Regards,
Ilse Wilson


 
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