Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates
LOUISVILLE, KY – Today, the Kentucky Senate passed Senate Bill 148, sponsored by Senator Danny Carroll, as an important step to strengthen local options for families seeking regulated home-based family child care. Kentucky has experienced a dramatic decline in the number of family child care home providers over the last decade, often due to burdensome planning and zoning requirements on in-home businesses. SB 148 will begin to simplify the planning and zoning process for these home-based small businesses to offer a regulated child care option to up to six unrelated children while meeting state health and safety standards.
The pandemic has only opened our eyes further to the critical role child care plays for families and economies. This measure begins to address gaps in accessible child care options for parents with nontraditional work hours, such as healthcare workers and first responders, 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 Kentucky Senate for supporting the measure. We look forward to continuing efforts on expanding and strengthening family child care options throughout Kentucky and now ask the House of Representatives to support SB 148.
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About Kentucky Youth Advocates
Kentucky Youth Advocates believes all children deserve to be safe, healthy, and secure. As THE independent voice for Kentucky’s children, we work to ensure policymakers create investments and policies that are good for children. Learn more at www.kyyouth.org.