Lawmakers Debate More Oversight for Home Daycares

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By Ben Hoppenworth

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Daycare oversight in Iowa is under review at the Capitol, as lawmakers in the state House ponder legislation that would expand reporting requirements for in-home child care providers.

Under the legislation, all home-based daycares in Iowa would have to register with the state, with some exemptions for family members providing care. Currently, home-based daycares with five or less children do not have to register.

The bill was approved by a House subcommittee last week, but lawmakers stressed they have more work to do to determine how the requirements would work and if this would require additional state spending.

West Des Moines Rep. Peter Cownie says he generally supports the effort because a core function of government is ensuring safety of the population.

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