[RELEASE] Sen. Woodhouse Introduces Bill to Strengthen Background Checks, Training for Child Care Workers
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March 12, 2015
SENATOR WOODHOUSE INTRODUCES BILL TO STRENGTHEN BACKGROUND CHECKS, TRAINING FOR CHILD CARE WORKERS
CARSON CITY - Today, Sen. Joyce Woodhouse introduced Senate Bill 257, a bill that changes training requirements and increases the frequency of background checks for child care workers.
Existing law requires 15 hours of annual training for employees at a facility with 12 or fewer children or 24 hours of training for employees at a facility with more than 12 children. SB 257 requires at least 12 training hours be in state approved programs specific to the age group served by the facility. The bill further requires an additional three hours of annual training in recognition and reporting of child abuse and neglect.
SB 257 also increases the frequency of required background checks for child care workers from every five to every two years.
“For many families with working parents, child care isn’t a choice, it’s a necessity,” said Sen. Woodhouse. “As a 40 year educator, I believe we should take every step we can to give parents extra peace of mind that their children are in safe hands.”