Costs of higher day-care standards delay Arkansas plan

LITTLE ROCK, AR (AP) - Arkansas legislators have put off approval of proposed new, voluntary higher standards for day-care centers, with some citing higher costs that the facilities might have to pay if the standards are made mandatory.

The Legislative Rules and Regulations Subcommittee has delayed signing off on the proposal at two consecutive meetings.

State Sen. Randy Laverty, D-Jasper, says child-care-center finances are often "hanging by a thread." He says he's worried that the state at some point in the future could turn what is now proposed as a voluntary program into a mandatory program.

But Tonya Russell, director of the state Child Care and Early Childhood Education Division, said the aim is to help the children in the day-care centers.

Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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