Revise Daycare Policies, and Rules in Tennessee

Revise Daycare Policies, and Rules in Tennessee

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Kim Brown started this petition to Tennessee Daycare Owners/ Directors

The first five years of a child's life establish the foundation of a healthy, thriving life. Therefore, access to affordable, high-quality childcare is critical. However, today's parents are struggling to keep up with the financial and time demands of many daycare centers in Tennessee. This conversation needs to be discussed and daycare centers' policies and guidelines need to be revised. Here are four widespread issues that must be addressed to relieve the burdens of these parents. 

  1. Parents should not be responsible for total weekly rates when their child has been exposed to or encounters sickness/ infections in the daycare environment/setting.
  2. Parents should not be responsible for total weekly rate by the daycare when their child is injured due to lack of monitoring by teacher/ teachers or due to not following the child to teacher ratio requirement.
  3. Parents should not have to give daycare facilities a two week notice provided certain circumstances.
  4. High school students or college students should not be supervising kids alone.

Problem 1:
Parents should not be responsible for total weekly rates when their child has been exposed to or encounters sickness/ infections in the daycare environment/setting. This causes unnecessary stress on the parent, especially on single mothers. While daycare weekly rates are expensive, parents who send their kids to daycare completely healthy bears the burden of receiving a phone call stating their child was exposed to pink eye, encounters fever, RSV, flu, bronchitis, virus, hacking cough, etc.. and is asked by the daycare to leave work early to pick the child up and not to return until child is well. Depending on the child's sickness, recovery can take 1 to 3 weeks of recovery,  and parents are still responsible for daycare expense with no services rendered by the daycare for their sick child. This has to stop.

Parents' risks: Time Off Work, Job Pressure, Job Loss, Loses Daycare Spot, Daycare Late Fees, Additional Stress/Worry/Anxiety and. Much more...

Proposed Solution:

I propose a resolution to this issue as employees are awarded FMLA and a number of sick days per calendar year, Daycare should offer parents a number of sick days for their children per term upon signing daycare contracts, as studies have shown that kids are at a much higher risk of encountering sickness in a daycare setting.  


Problem 2: 
Parents should not be responsible for weekly payment when child is injured at daycare due to lack of supervision/ monitoring, unreasonable cause by daycare provider that otherwise could have been prevented where child suffers severe bruising, ER visit, along with additional missed days for recover from injury.


Parents encounters the same risks listed above, but what can we do to ensure our children are properly being supervised to avoid injury due to daycare lack of supervision/monitoring, as well compensate parents for inconvenience.


Proposed solution:
- Daycare should be assessed a financial child endangerment penalty for kids injured due to lack of monitoring/when child to teacher ratio is not met.


- Daycare should have a reimbursement account for funds to be allocated to parents for gas (commute), when child is injured for lack of supervision/ monitoring, the parent is called to leave work and pick up the child, still pay full weekly rate after all this, and depending on the severity of the injury, the parents will also miss days from work, this fund should be used to reimbursement parents for time missed from work as well.


Problem 3:


All daycare centers require two week notice before leaving facility or you will be held accountable for remaining balance, but their should be stipulations in daycare contracts that allow departure without a two week notice.


Proposed Solution:


Two week notices should not be provided when:
 - A child has suffered a preventable injury at the facility due to lack of supervision
-observation by daycare staff and parent that child is not doing well or a good fit after one month of attendance
- child is causing harm to other children
- A family emergency be proven with documentation
- Health issues provided with medical documentation for child or parent
- Relocation
- Job loss


Problem 4:

High school students or college students should not be supervising kids alone. Many daycare centers have high school students or college students who come in and supervise children, who are not properly trained to work with children, I personally have witnessed young college students expressing frustration in class rooms because they are left alone to care for children in classrooms with no help


Proposed Solution:

Students who assist in care of our children should be working with a trained professional childcare teacher at all times period.

Let's start the conversation and make change for the betterment of our daycare centers, teachers, students, parents, and our future, the children for the best care possible.

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