Mara Powell

LOUISVILLE, KY – With final passage by the Kentucky House of Representatives, Senate Bill 148 advancecloser to becoming law today – good news for families, communities, and the economy. SB 148, sponsored by Senator Danny Carroll, is an important step to strengthen options for families seeking regulated home-based family child care in their community, especially as families across the commonwealth face child care deserts.  

Even prior to the pandemic, over one in 10 parents quit a job, did not take a job, or greatly changed their job due to problems with accessing child care. By beginning to simplify the planning and zoning process for home-based family child care, providers can offer a regulated child care option for to up to six unrelated children in their community while meeting state health and safety standards. This will address gaps in accessible child care options for parents with nontraditional work hours, families seeking care from a provider who shares their cultural background or language, and families of children with special needs. 

We thank Senator Carroll for championing this legislation and the Kentucky House for supporting passage of the measure todayWe now call on the Governor to sign SB 148 into law. We look forward to continuing efforts on expanding and strengthening family child care options throughout Kentucky. 

Stay up-to-date on Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children priorities and other bills that are good for kids on our Kentucky General Assembly Bill Tracker.


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