Solomon works across aisle to pass bill promoting quality child care

HARRISBURG, Oct. 1 – Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., is helping families identify quality child care throughout the commonwealth.

 

House Bill 1742, co-authored by Solomon and Rep. Thomas Mehaffie, R-Dauphin, unanimously passed the House today. It would require all state-licensed child care centers to post their Keystone STARS rating in a prominent location on their websites, in the entrance to their facility, and in informational enrollment materials given to parents.

 

“Parents must make decisions each and every day that directly impact the health, safety and overall well-being of their children,” Solomon said. “They deserve to have as much information as possible, so they can make sure their kids are in good hands when they go to daycare.”

 

The Keystone STARS program, operated by the state Office of Child Development and Early Learning, sets quality requirements for early childhood educators based on a four-star rating system. All licensed child care centers that meet the state’s health and safety requirements are required to be part of the Keystone STARS system.

 

The performance standards in this program address staff qualifications and professional development, early learning programs, partnerships with family and the community, and leadership and management.

 

“Parents are faced with dozens of decisions every day that impact the well-being of their child, their family and their family’s future,” Mehaffie said. “With this bill, we hope to make one of the more daunting choices a little easier by putting each facility’s quality rating front and center.”

 

Solomon said he hopes these new display requirements would ensure all providers are dedicated to quality care and make it easier for parents to consider cost, convenience and quality.

 

The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.