Education board moves ahead with licensing revamp
BATON ROUGE - New licensing regulations are on the way for Louisiana's child care centers and preschool programs.
A majority of Board of Elementary and Secondary Education members backed the new rules Tuesday, with final passage expected Wednesday. The vote was 7-2 from a BESE committee, with nearly all board members present.
The changes add fingerprint-based criminal background checks for employees and volunteers, require centers to post their daily schedules and set minimum staffing ratios.
BESE refused requests to increase required staffing levels for 2-year-olds, after some child care center owners said the changes would be too expensive.
Lawmakers required the Department of Education to rework the guidelines as part of an early childhood education revamp started in 2012 that was designed to improve quality and better prepare children for kindergarten.