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New Nevada bill aims to make daycares safer for kids

Posted at 12:07 PM, May 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-30 20:00:38-04

Lawmakers are trying to make it safer for children to go to daycare across Nevada. Some lawmakers want to require more training for workers at both small and large facilities.  

With a new bill, smaller daycares, like those run out of homes, would be required to have more training.  Larger daycares would be required to get a state license and could also go through stricter inspections. 

Those who oppose the bill say most daycares that are run out of a home are people just watching friends, family and neighbors, and argue that they shouldn't be required to have licenses and regulations.  

Those who agree with the bill say it's all about a safety issue. 

"It's a risk, there are liabilities," says one local daycare provider, Sheryl Howard, with Tiny Tots.  "Accidents can happen and you just don't want something like that to happen." 

SB189 is sponsored by Sen. Joyce Woodhouse. It was scheduled to be heard by the Assembly Health and Human Services Committee but was not heard.