Denver -- Adults who host up to 4 unrelated children at their homes would be spared the need to get licensed as an official "day care provider," as current law requires, if a bill that passed its first test at the Statehouse today makes it into law.
Authored by Senator Larry Crowder (R-Alamosa), Senate Bill-110 aims to increase the availability of affordable legal child care by expanding the circumstances under which an individual can care for children from multiple families for less than 24 hours, without obtaining a child care license.
It passed the Senate Health and Human Services Committee today with bipartisan backing.
"By expanding the number of unrelated kids a home-based caregiver can watch without obtaining a child care license to four, with no more than two children under two years of age, we're helping moms and dads who want to get child care from neighbors, friends and other family members," said Crowder. The Senator fears that the state's current definition of a "day care provider" puts many home-care providers unnecessarily at risk of running afoul of the law, if their homes become a gathering place for kids, during after-school hours or at other times.
Senate Bill 110 next goes to the Senate floor for consideration.