ByÂ Valerie Richardson-The Washington Times
DENVER â€” It turns out even nannies canâ€™t hide from the nanny state.
A 98-page proposal to intensify regulations governing Colorado child care centers would require a previously unseen level of detail, including specifications for the number of crayons, paintbrushes and blocks per art kit, the racial composition of dolls and the number of nature scenes per classroom.
Doctors would need to sign off on the risks of drinking whole milk.
The proposed state regulations have alarmed day care providers and lawmakers, who say the rules would place an undue burden on struggling small businesses while expanding the ranks and authority of state regulators.
â€œThis is nanny government in every sense of the word,â€ said stateÂ Sen. Kevin Lundberg, Berthoud Republican. â€œIt 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.â€
He concluded: â€œIn these tough times, new regulations should streamline government oversight, not load families and businesses with heavier burdens.â€
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