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Missouri Department of Social Services Proposes Changes to Day Care Regulations

By Joseph R. Hillebrand Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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The Missouri Department of Social Services is proposing new regulations for day care centers / child care issues throughout the State. Government officials may have been prompted to revise and improve the regulations due to Missouri’s ranking completed by the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies. Missouri was ranked 44 out of 50 States for child care safety and performance standards.

Changes to Missouri’s laws and regulations include the following:

*Increasing the required training time for new child care workers;

*instituting new caps for the size of pre-school classes;

*changing the teacher to child ratios;

*requiring some new background check measures especially as to out of state child care workers; and

*requiring a person with CPR training to be present at the facility.

Hopefully, changes and improvements will be made to the regulations which, in turn, will promote the health, safety, and welfare of the children. You can read more about the changes to Missouri law at Day Care Regulation Proposals in Missouri.