HB 1155 -- Oppose exempting Parks & Recreation Programs from Licensing

PACCA

The Pennsylvania House passed House Bill 1155 unanimously. HB 1155 has now moved to the PA Senate.

House Bill 1155 would allow municipal parks and recreation programs to serve 3- and 4- year olds without having to become licensed and without meeting the basic health and safety standards our child care field is required to follow.

We believe HB 1155 compromises health and safety for children and sets a dangerous precedent by creating separate standards of care for our youngest children based on the entity running the program.

Currently, only school aged children can be served by municipal programs - 3- and 4- year old children cannot be served by municipal programs unless they are a licensed child care center. Municipal parks and recreation programs are vital to our community, but so is the safety of our young children. We know working with 3- and 4- year olds is not a summer job for someone who is not trained to respond to the developmental needs of this age group.

This bill could also impact enrollment and revenue for licensed child care programs - creating new competition for our already under resourced child care community.

We want to protect our youngest children and child care businesses.

Please click to send your State Senator a message TODAY to stand with child care professionals and protect our preschool children by opposing HB 1155.

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