Do away with unlicensed child care in Virginia!

Do away with unlicensed child care in Virginia!

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Elly Lafkin started this petition to The House of Representatives and

Currently there are 4 categories of child care in Virginia:

Unlicensed, Voluntarily Registered, Religious Exempt, and Licensed. 

Unlicensed child care is the ONLY category that has NO requirements for training or safety! Because of this, Virginia has seen a drastic number of children die in these child care settings. 

We are calling for the Virginia General Assembly to BAN unlicensed child care! ALL child care providers should be voluntarily registered, if not licensed or eligible for a Religious Exemption. This will ensure our children are safe while in child care! 

Often times parents choose unlicensed child care because they do not have access to any of the other types due to lengthy waiting lists and high demand for these spots. By requiring all child care providers to be Voluntarily Registered or Licensed, we are opening access to higher quality child care for all children! 

Voluntarily Registered child care homes do not have to be approved by their local zoning boards in order to operate (the same as unlicensed child care homes). And the providers will receive the training they need to keep children safely learning, playing, and napping while their parents work! The application process is very cost effective and most training is offered for free! 

Virginia requires hair dressers, dog groomers, and tattoo artists to be licensed but not child care providers!! Our children are worth more than that!

PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITION TO SHOW YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE THAT YOU SUPPORT SAFER CHILD CARE FOR OUR CHILDREN!

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