Mara Powell

LOUISVILLE, KY – Senate Bill 148, sponsored by Senator Danny Carroll, advanced closer to its final passage today with approval by the House Health and Family Services Committee. SB 148 will begin to simplify the planning and zoning process for home-based small businesses that offer a regulated child care option to up to six unrelated children in their community. This measure is an important step to strengthen local options for families seeking home-based family child care.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the critical role of quality, affordable child care for families, communities, and the economy. This measure begins to address gaps in accessible child care options for parents with nontraditional work hours and strengthen the local child care infrastructure by encouraging new providers in the many child care deserts across the commonwealth.

We thank Senator Carroll for championing this legislation and the House Health and Family Services for supporting the measure today. We look forward to continuing efforts on expanding and strengthening family child care options throughout Kentucky and now ask the full House of Representatives to support SB 148 before the final gavel at the end of March.

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