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Lundberg Legislative Report, July 7

Lundberg: Nanny state government policies driving up costs for families & businesses

Today Senator Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud, responded to the Colorado Department of Health and Human Services rewriting its already extensive rules and regulations adding many unnecessary and burdensome regulations on child care providers.

“We all agree that the welfare and safety of children should be a top priority for the Department of Human Services,” said Lundberg. “However, the department’s latest rules seem more concerned about the shape of blocks, the number of paint brushes and whether or not pictures are politically correct and ‘realistically’ show nature. This is a clear example of government overreaching into the day-to-day functions of families and the private sector.”

Examples of the department’s 98 pages of onerous mandates on child care facilities for just preschool and school age children are:

– Each type of art material shall have a minimum of 10 pieces (10 paints, 10 paint brushes, 10 crayons, etc.)

– Each classroom shall have at least two sets of blocks with a minimum of 10 blocks per set

– Each classroom shall have a variety of at least five accessories for each block set and representative of people, animals, transportation, etc.

– All doll collections shall have three races represented

– At least 10 visual displays around the classroom – not in one place – with two representing nature realistically and two presenting diversity in a positive way.

– Whole milk and sweetened drinks are not allowed and computer time is restricted 20 minutes a day

“This is nanny government in every sense of the word. It does not allow any diversity in child care centers, reducing day care centers to a one-size-fits-all scenario. It will increase the cost of doing business, pricing many families out of their day care options. And it will drive far too many child care facilities out of business. In these tough times new regulations should streamline government oversight, not load families and businesses with heavier burdens.” concluded Lundberg.

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