Directors say proposals could complicate affordable day care

Source: MGN
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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Some day care directors in Juneau say proposed regulations would reduce capacity and worsen the shortage of affordable child care.

KTOO Public Media of Juneau reported Sunday that the state Department of Health & Social Services has proposed multiple changes to child care center licensing regulations in Alaska.

Some changes are related to compliance with federal child care standards. Others address the types of foods child care workers can consume on the job.

Gold Creek Child Development Center Director Gretchen Boone said the proposal the worries her would lower the maximum group size and child-to-teacher ratio allowed for toddlers and infants.

Gold Creek would lose two spots in both its infant and young toddler rooms.

The Child Care Program Office did not respond to requests for comment on the changes.