Parents from California to Ohio are asking Gov.
Tim Kaine to require all parents who work for child care providers to obtain a license in their state.
The request comes as state lawmakers grapple with rising costs for child and family care.
It comes after a new study found child care workers earn an average of $30,000 a year and that the number of people who are unemployed or underemployed in child care has doubled since 2010.
“While the costs of child care are skyrocketing, we know that we can’t keep making it harder for families to provide the child care they need,” Jennifer DeCrow, a co-chair of the California Nurses Association’s child care industry working group, said in a statement.
“The state needs to adopt a new policy for child-care licensure that ensures that every child in our state is able to receive the care they require.”
The legislation, proposed by state Sen. Scott Wiener, would also require all new child care licenses to be issued by a certified public accountant.
It would also mandate that any new licenses issued would be for a minimum of six months.
In addition to Wiener and other state lawmakers, the Association of Child Care Administrators has been calling for such a rule for years.
“We’ve always believed that there needs to be an absolute, universal licensure requirement,” said John Fagan, the association’s president and CEO.
“As a profession, we have to do more to protect children.”
Children’s rights groups have said the current licensing system leaves children vulnerable to exploitation and neglect.