Legislation would set standards for child care services at malls, stores, and fitness centers

SACRAMENTO – Today, Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) announced legislation that will set standards to protect kids at drop-in child care facilities. Unlike full-time child care providers, these ancillary child care centers – usually located at malls, large retailers, and fitness centers – are not required to be licensed or even meet basic standards of operation.

“Parents deserve some peace of mind when their children are in the hands of these ancillary child care providers,” said Yee. “SB 766 will establish some basic standards and help ensure kids are safe.”

Specifically, SB 766

• requires facilities to establish health and safety standards and protocol and to inform parents and staff of the protocol. Protocol would instruct staff on when emergency services should be requested;

• ensures at all times the presence of at least one person on staff who has been trained in pediatric first aid and pediatric CPR;

• requires all staff over the age of 18 who engage with children to have had a background check and requires that at least one staff member be over the age of 18;

• requires facilities to maintain a ratio of no more than 10 children age 6 and below to each care provider and 15 children age 7 and above to each care provider.

A recent KCRA Sacramento investigation highlighted the need for SB 766 when a young boy was hurt at a local gym’s child care center, which resulted in an ongoing legal battle between the child’s parents and the fitness center.

SB 766 will be considered next month by the Senate Human Services Committee, of which Yee is the Chair.


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