Gov. McAuliffe signs childcare safety bill

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — New rules for childcare providers in Virginia are going into effect, after one of the most deadly years on record. Governor Terry McAuliffe signed a Child Care Safety bill on Tuesday.

10 On Your Side first told you about the governor’s push to tighten daycare regulations in our special report in February. The bill requires home daycare providers to disclose in writing when they are unlicensed and reduces the number of non-related children a person can care for to five. It used to be six. The legislation also requires fingerprint-based background checks for some providers.

Last year, nine children died in unregulated home daycare facilities. Jacquelyn Allen’s child was one of them. “Words can’t express how appreciative we are of everyone’s support. It’s been a rough road,” Allen said.

The organization Child Care Aware Virginia says the new law is a good step, but not enough. They say Virginia  is not in compliance with a new federal law requiring fingerprint checks for all categories of childcare. The Commonwealth could lose $5 million a year if it’s not in compliance.

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