TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — State officials say planned changes to requirements for child care assistance could benefit 3,000 Kansas children.
The Kansas Department for Children and Families said...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers and Gov. Gavin Newsom broadly agree on a proposed $213 billion state budget that would spend more on immigrants and the poor by expanding tax...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Senate has approved a bill to allow political candidates to use campaign funds for child care while they are participating in elections...
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's child welfare department is proposing to tighten income requirements for families to begin receiving child care assistance, saying the agency did not get the...
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A judge has approved a legal settlement aimed at providing more uniform and predictable access to childcare-assistance subsidies overseen by the New Mexico Children, Youth...
MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday the country should be making more investments in child care and early education.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — More than half of Missourians don't have access to affordable licensed child care.
That means more parents have to cut down work hours, add time to their commute or...
NYC closes preschool amid measles outbreak
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Health Department has closed a child care program amid the city's measles outbreak in Orthodox Jewish communities.
WATER VALLEY, Miss. (AP) — A north Mississippi child care center has notified parents that a worker at the center has been accused of abusing children.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — When one mother and longtime Boise resident found out she was pregnant, she started looking for reliable child care options. She struggled to find one until after her child was...
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Integrity controls are too weak to effectively prevent, detect and investigate fraud in a critical child care program at the heart of a scandal that has cost taxpayers...
WETUMPKA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama mother and daughter have been charged in the October death of an infant at their unlicensed child care center.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Legislative Auditor's report on Minnesota's largest child care subsidy program may not have substantiated explosive allegations made last year about terrorist...
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina House members say bipartisan legislation helping school districts and child care centers test drinking water outlets for lead will help fix problems and ensure...
WARR ACRES, Okla. (AP) — Conner Andrulonis likes to joke that he wouldn't leave his teaching job in the Putnam City school district even if he "got mad at everybody."
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown said Thursday she would welcome an independent investigation of a baby's death at an Oregon day care facility, responding to allegations from Republicans that...
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's legislative auditor said Wednesday that an investigation found no proof that money defrauded from a state child care program found its way to terrorist...
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The Latest: Democratic leaders react to child care fraud
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on a legislative audit of alleged child care fraud in Minnesota (all times local):
Democratic leaders say they'll work with Gov. Tim Walz to...
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Human Services told prosecutors that a suburban Des Moines day care was caring for too many children but did not detail abuse or request criminal...
Wisconsin child care centers face worker shortage
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Child care directors across Wisconsin are struggling to find and retain workers, an issue that's further reducing the availability of care, advocates said.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri is taking steps to revoke the license of a suburban St. Louis day care center after two of its workers were charged with abuse and the state will form a working group to...
Video shows girl being injured at St. Louis area day care
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Relatives of a 3-year-old Missouri girl injured at a day care center say they were initially told she was hurt in a fall, but surveillance video shows a woman throwing the girl...
Iowa Senate panel rejects anti-vaccine proposals
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A bill that would have prohibited health care providers and insurance companies from discriminating against people who refuse immunizations has failed to advance to a...
2020 hopeful Warren to unveil universal child care plan
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren is planning to unveil a universal child care plan that would guarantee American families access to child care.
The Massachusetts Democrat, a 2020 presidential candidate, would use part of the revenue from her proposed tax on the ultra-wealthy to fund her child care plan. A person familiar with the plan outlined it ahead of its release Tuesday on condition of anonymity.
State says school for at-risk teens to close after arrests
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A boarding school for at-risk teens will close following the arrests of the owners on child endangerment charges alleging that they served tainted water to students, authorities said Thursday.
"At this time the facility ... (is) assisting the kids currently in attendance to find other placements," the state Division of Public and Behavioral Health, Child Care Licensing, and Division of Child and Family Services said.
Boys & Girls Clubs, Lakes Region Child Care explore merger
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Hampshire and Lakes Region Child Care Services are exploring a merger to strengthen and expand child care and afterschool services.
The combined organization would offer comprehensive care and services for children from infancy to age 18.
Child care advocates create fund to help Lincoln families
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Child care advocates in Lincoln have created a fund to help more families access quality child care by filling the gap that state subsidies don't cover.
Shaheen reintroduces bill to make child care more affordable
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has reintroduced legislation to make child care more affordable and accessible by reforming the federal tax code.
The Democrat's bill would increase outdated dollar limits on child care expenses for families; make the child care tax credit fully refundable; create a tax credit for educated child care professionals; and boost support for businesses that provide child care benefits for employees.
Mississippi businesses ask for focus on worker training
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers and officials told business leaders Thursday that they're hearing their concerns about needing more and better-educated workers, noting efforts to improve child care and produce more high school graduates.
The Mississippi Economic Council, the state's chamber of commerce, made workforce development one of its main priorities in this year's Legislature as it met Jackson for its annual day at the state capitol.
Au pairs win $65.5 million settlement in Denver lawsuit
DENVER (AP) — Young people from around the world who provided low-cost child care for American families will share in a proposed $65.5 million settlement of a lawsuit brought by a dozen former au pairs against the companies that bring the workers to the United States.
Mississippi receiving federal grant for preschool programs
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is receiving a $10.6 million federal grant for preschool programs, Gov. Phil Bryant said Wednesday.
Bryant said the grant will expand a system developed by his State Early Childhood Advisory Council and the Mississippi Department of Human Services.
The governor said the money will help "maximize parental choice and engagement" with a goal of ensuring children have a smooth transition from child care centers, including Head Start, into public schools.
Wisconsin struggles with child care worker shortage
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Low wages and a lack of benefits are making it difficult for child care centers in Wisconsin to attract and retain workers, particularly in rural areas, according to state child care experts.
New rules could close some child care businesses in Ohio
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Some child care providers in Ohio could lose state funding and decide to close because of new rules that are designed to improve educational offerings and better prepare children for school, the Dayton Daily News reported.
The new rules that go into effect in 2020 include a five-star rating system for child care programs receiving state funding.
Providers will be required to earn at least one star by July 2020 and three stars by 2025 in order to receive funding.
Report on child deaths urges better access to day care
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An investigation of nine child deaths at Connecticut day cares found most of the victims died at illegal home care programs, raising concerns about the ability of low-income families to afford high-quality, legal child care, according to a new report released Tuesday.
Task force to examine child care availability in New York
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new state task force will examine the availability of child care across New York state.
The panel, which met for the first time earlier this month, includes child care providers, child welfare advocates and business leaders.
Created as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 2018 Women's Agenda, the task force is charged with coming up with ways to improve access to affordable, quality child care throughout the state.
Mississippi day care closes after injuries to toddler’s face
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — An in-home child care center in Mississippi is closed after parents said their 18-month-old son was attacked by a 4-year-old while the children were unsupervised.
The Mississippi State Department of Health issued an order Tuesday to close Pooh and Crew in Pascagoula.
Man charged with assaulting children from mom’s day care
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man charged with sexually assaulting three children who attended his mother's day care has been held on $300,000 bail.
The Connecticut Post reports that 41-year-old Franklin McKinney, of Bridgeport, appeared in court Tuesday on multiple counts of first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a child.
Pioneer for campaign child-care expenses takes on GOP
NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic congressional candidate Liuba Grechen Shirley scored a victory when she became the first female candidate for federal office allowed to use campaign funds to pay for child care. Beating 13-term Republican U.S. Rep. Peter King in a district that went for President Donald Trump in 2016 may be a steeper climb.
Kentucky candidates could use campaign cash for child care
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — As a 33-year-old mom running for a seat in the Kentucky state legislature, Josie Raymond had to figure out how to care for her two small children while she spent hours campaigning door-to-door. She needed help every Saturday, so she sent a calendar to her friends and hoped they would sign up to help.
This month, state election officials gave her and other parents some relief.
Alabama agency raises low-income child care subsidies
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Human Resources has increased subsidies to help low-income families afford child care services.
Latest hurdle in grueling US daycare hunt: waitlist fees
SEATTLE (AP) — Even before Tricia Schalekamp knew the baby growing inside her was a boy, she embarked on the search for child care with urgency and intensity.
She visited two dozen centers in the Seattle area, created spreadsheets with notes and paid at least $500 in nonrefundable waiting list fees.
Day care owner accused of tying kids to car seats for hours
MESQUITE, Texas (AP) — The owner of a Dallas-area in-home day care accused of keeping infants and toddlers tied to their car seats for hours has been jailed on child endangerment charges.
An affidavit says Rebecca Anderson also yanked a 6-month-old child by the bib around his neck, tied laces around the children's necks to limit their movement and gave them the painkiller acetaminophen to quiet them.
Day care owner accused of keeping babies tied to car seats
MESQUITE, Texas (AP) — The owner of a Dallas-area in-home day care center has been jailed on child endangerment charges after she was accused of keeping infants and toddlers tied to their car seats for hours.
‘Broken’ economics for preschool workers, child care sector
SEATTLE (AP) — A dire child care workforce crisis amid a booming U.S. economy is compelling many industry players to turn to business tactics more closely resembling Wall Street than "Sesame Street" — including noncompete clauses for child care workers and client families, college tuition incentives for the workers and non-refundable wait list fees for desperate parents seeking day care slots.
No butts: Law bars smoking at home day care centers
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo bans smoking in home-based day care centers.
The law signed Monday requires facilities licensed or registered for child care services to comply with the smoking ban even when children are not present. Operators and residents of home-based day care centers had previously been permitted to smoke outside of their hours of operation.
Head of child care center wants to arm himself near children
SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — The head of four child care centers in Maine says he wants to arm himself on his campuses, despite state regulations that prohibit him from doing so.
Jeff Johnson is head of the Children's Center, a licensed child care facility for special needs children. He says he is seeking a waiver to state law to allow him to carry a gun, allowing him to act as an armed security guard.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The waiting list for a Louisiana child care program used by low-income working families is being trimmed by about 4,500, after a one-time injection of federal dollars.
The Child Care Assistance Program offers aid to low-income parents who are working or attending school.
4 day care workers arrested in abuse investigation
SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) — A teacher at a Connecticut child care center has been charged with handling children in a rough and aggressive manner, while three of her supervisors have been charged with failing to report the alleged abuse as required by law.
All four were arrested Monday by South Windsor police as a result of an investigation that started in April.