CLINTON, Ind. (WTHI) - New child care laws went into effect this past July in Indiana.
All regulated child care providers must comply with national criminal background checks for employees and staff.
These changes affect child care centers across the board, licensed and unlicensed.
Child care providers who accept taxpayer-funded vouchers will have to meet new health and safety standards, everything from keeping medicines out of reach and washing hands regularly to fingerprinting requirements for new hires.
"It's just nice to know who's watching your children,” said Cindy Walls, director of Valley Child Development Center.
Cindy Walls has been a child care provider for over a decade.
She said these new child care regulations are just what they need.
"This is a way to track somebody. You want your children to be safe when they're in the center. This is the way to track people,” said Cindy.
And in her years of experience, she knows the safety of your child is paramount, and the fingerprinting isn't costly.
"It's not that expensive to get done. Security to me is like number one. We want your children safe,” said Cindy.
But she can see how for smaller day cares, it could be a little more difficult.
"Some centers who are very small take issue with the price of the fingerprinting. It's not that expensive, but I can see where it would be a hardship on some. To me, that doesn't even overshadow the safety of it,” said Cindy.
Cindy already has her employees do 20 hours of extra training every year.
So the extra training isn't a concern where the safety of your kids is involved.
All of the center's workers are over the age of 21...and cindy is pleased to hear it's now a requirement you have to be 18 in order to rule the kids in a room.
"I see it as a plus. There's a level of maturity needed for this kind of job,” said Cindy.
All in all, day care workers aren't distressed with the new laws. They put the safety of their children first.
For more information about the new child care laws and to see what they are, head to this website.
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