…in the Idaho House Health and Welfare Committee…or at least that’s what the self-anointed Idaho intelligentsia would have you believe.
Monday the Health and Welfare committee voted down a bill designed to drastically tighten regulation of daycare providers and facilities. Originally, the proposal would have affected those caring for as few as 2 children not related to the care provider.
Of course, this was framed as the informed (“experts” such as executive director of the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children and a representative from the American Association of University Women of Idaho) vs. the uninformed (the six members of the Health and Welfare committee objecting to the new rules).
These “experts” went so far as to say the six were “definitely out of touch” and “living in a time warp” for opposing such “common sense” proposals. I suppose these are insinuations that the six men were not raised in families, never married, nor had children of their own. But I digress.
When there were objections to this bill, sponsor Democrat George Saylor of Coeur dâ€™Alene offered an amendment increasing to six the minimum number of children required for a daycare to fall under the proposed rules.
However, that didn’t change a nearly incomprehensible point system used to determine the ratio of caregivers to children, the $150 initial fee (with $90 biennial renewal), additional fees charged for criminal background checks, and extensive inspections.
Perhaps I’m “out of touch”, as well, but I assumed most parents use daycare in order to work to earn money to support their family. Increasing the cost of daycare through such regulation would only hurt these families.
On second thought, perhaps the new rules would raise the cost of daycare sufficiently to convince more mothers to stay home and care for their own children. Now I’ve proven I’m “out of touch”.
Representative Tom Loertscher, member of the committee, commented, â€œThere is no substitute, there is absolutely no substitute for families taking care of children.â€ Perhaps he isn’t as uninformed as some would have you think.
Fortunately, this bill was voted down in committee.
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