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Senate OKs Child Care Bill That Includes Aid, Safety Checks

Senate OKs Child Care Bill That Includes Aid, Safety Checks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has passed legislation to require child care providers who care for children from low-income families through a government voucher program to undergo criminal background checks, know first aid and CPR and get other training. The bipartisan legislation, which passed by a 96-2 vote, would also require annual state inspections of [...]
Child Care Fundraising Sinks in Ky. Over Employment PlanLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Uncertainty over a short-lived proposal to open employment to gays at Kentucky’s largest private child care agency prompted many of its supportive churches to withhold giving last year, causing a multi-million dollar shortfall. Sunrise Children’s Services depends on giving from Baptist congregations in Kentucky, along with government funding. But Kentucky Baptist [...]
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Ariz. Grandparents Offer Support in Raising GrandkidsPHOENIX — After his three children reached adulthood, Ken Skaggs of Phoenix thought that he had reached retirement from parenting. “I thought I was done raising kids. About eight years ago, that changed,” Skaggs said. “One of my daughters had some mental health issues, so we had to step up to the plate with my [...]
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‘Grave’ Alarm: Arizona Neglects Child Abuse CasesPHOENIX (AP) — About 6,000 cases of suspected child abuse or neglect that were reported to a statewide Arizona hotline over the past four years were never investigated, officials disclosed on Nov. 21, calling it reason for “grave alarm.” A team at Arizona’s Child Protective Services agency improperly designated the cases “N.I.” — meaning “Not [...]
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Finger-Scanning Policy in Mississippi Blocked TemporarilyLow-income parents and child care providers who oppose a controversial finger-scanning policy in Mississippi won a reprieve Aug. 15 when a judge issued an order that stops its implementation – at least for now. Judge Denise Owens of the Chancery Court of the First Judicial District in Hinds County issued a temporary injunction, which effectively [...]
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Parents to Lawmakers: Protect Child Care, Social Services  PHOENIX, Ariz. — Amber Zenzak, an office manager at a small carpet-cleaning company, took a moment recently to consider what life would be like each week without state support for child care for her children ages 3, 4, and 9. “My day care costs would be $100 more than what I gross a week. [...]
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Child Care Advocates Question Finger Scans for Poor Parents Receiving SubsidiesJanice Slaughter often takes her 19-month-old granddaughter to the Tiny Tots child care center in Jackson, Miss., or picks her up in the afternoon so that her daughter, the baby’s mother, can attend school. Slaughter brought her own children to the same center when they were babies and has known the owner for years. But, [...]
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Governor Eyes More Cuts as Calif Deficit SwellsSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s sputtering economic recovery is putting a heavier-than-expected drag on state tax revenue, leading Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday to propose deep budget cuts across an array of government services and warn again that even more cuts are ahead if voters reject his tax-hike initiative in November. Brown’s latest budget plan [...]
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State Child Care Cuts Force Hard Choice on ParentsOXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Sarah Comito rolls out of bed before dawn most days and slips quietly out of her house. Before her rambunctious toddler wakes up, she heads off to work as a waitress in an upscale weight-loss resort in Malibu. The hour-long commute is exhausting, but the 33-year-old is thankful to make the [...]
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Paid-Leave Benefits Lagging for Working Moms in USWASHINGTON (AP) — After decades of worker gains in paid-leave benefits, employers are becoming more selective about granting maternity leave in an economic downturn. A Census Bureau analysis released Thursday shows that the share of women given time off for pregnancy, birth and child care has leveled off, with about half of working first-time mothers [...]
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