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Massachusetts Day Care Regulations – Should the State Impose Regulations Regarding Supervision, Progress and Documentation?

By Ryan E. Alekman, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


The State of Massachusetts is imposing new requirements on day care providers including in home day care providers. Opponents argue that the regulations and restrictions put a heavy burden on small day care providers. Advocates of such regulations including the State of Massachusetts point out that the regulations help provide for and promote the safety and well being of children placed in day care centers throughout the State. The changes to Massachusetts law will take effect in January 2010. An article posted in the Boston Herald covers the new laws and seems to make more of an argument against the regulations.

Many day care operators, who voice opposition to regulations and standards, just do not want to follow them. It does not seem to be much of a burden to require day care centers to have periodic progress reports on file for each child in the day care center. Day care centers should be held accountable and this kind of regulation helps authorities inspect and review care provided at a day care center.

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