December 18, 2015
New rules proposed to improve child care quality, health, and safety
New proposed rules to improve child care were announced today by HHS’s Administration for Children and Families. The proposed rules offer additional guidance on program requirements established in the bipartisan Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014, which was passed by Congress and signed by President Obama in November 2014.
The new law reauthorized the Child Care and Development Fund program for the first time in 18 years. It also made significant changes to increase the success of children served by the program and their families, including increasing health and safety requirements for child care programs and providers, making child care financial assistance more stable for low-income working parents, improving and expanding information parents have about child care options, and raising the quality of child care. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published today proposes additional guidance on specific program requirements.
“Last year’s bipartisan passage and signing of the child care law represented an historic re-envisioning of the Child Care and Development Fund program,” said Secretary Burwell. “The law and these proposed rules will protect children by setting new requirements for background checks and health and safety training for child care providers.”
The law and proposed rules also require states to invest more in the coming years to improve the quality of care for all children in child care settings.
“Parents deserve to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing their children are in safe care settings with knowledgeable staff,” said Mark Greenberg, HHS acting assistant secretary for children and families. “The new background check and training requirements in the law help give them that peace of mind.”
The public is invited to submit comments on these proposed rules, which are due 60 days after publication on December 24, 2015.