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Corder's bill has merit

Posted Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at 10:21 AM

State Sen. Tim Corder wants to tighten up the state's daycare licensing laws.

This isn't about somebody taking care of the grandkids. This is about people who make money looking after young children.

He wants those people, in whom parent entrust their children, to be able to pass criminal background checks and the facilities where the children are supervised to be able to meet basic health and safety code requirements.

Meanwhile, Rep. Pete Nielsen, also of Mountain Home, opposes the bill as one more step toward big government, and feels the criteria should be left up to local governments.

That's a very conservative position. On the other hand, Corder isn't exactly known as being a raving liberal, himself. Both men are very conservative Republicans.

But on this issue, Corder is right and Nielsen is wrong -- very wrong. Nielsen's position would result in widely varying criteria across the state -- no consistency at all. And in far too many cases, the minimum standards, which some groups believe have left Idaho at the bottom of the barrel in terms of protecting children, would be the only standards available.

Corder wants tougher, uniform standards. The recent case of the daycare worker in Middleton is a good example of what he wants to try and prevent.

When people deliver their children into the hands of daycare providers they should be able to have a reasonable expectation that their children will be safe, protected and well-cared for. Most providers could meet Corder's criteria. There is no reason, however, not to improve the guarantees for parental expectations.

And there is no reason for the legislature to balk at Corder's proposal. Dogma shouldn't destroy common sense, and Corder's bill makes a lot of sense.

-- Kelly Everitt


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Corder's Bill has an infinite amount of Merit. There is NOTHING more precious than our children, and it would be idiocy not to do whatever we can to protect them. What could possibly be a legitimate argument against?

Jessie

-- Posted by jessiemiller on Wed, Apr 8, 2009, at 10:32 AM

I did daycare for 15 yrs, on base, off base, in home, and in the center, we all had to get fingerprinted, background checks, monthly training, cpr and first aid traning, and child abuse training every year. We were inspected monthly by both our daycare inspector plus the USDA inspector. It was part of our job and important to the families. I think this bill is so important and necessary.

-- Posted by small town on Wed, Apr 8, 2009, at 10:55 AM

small town, Thanks for taking that opportunity to show that it is an honor and a privilege to be a daycare provider. You represent what I believe a daycare provider should be. Loving, caring, responsible and willing to show that you can pass a background check and provide a safe home away from home for our children.

Thank you

Jessie

-- Posted by jessiemiller on Wed, Apr 8, 2009, at 11:57 AM

Jessie,

Thank you, I enjoyed that job more than you know. I would still be doing it but had a child injure me enough to require 3 surgeries and I am now no longer able to do it. In my whole 15 yrs doing that job I only had one child hurt me and it was enough to take me out of that job.

-- Posted by small town on Wed, Apr 8, 2009, at 6:37 PM


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