Colorado proposal would impose parameters on day care centers

July 14, 2011

By Valerie Richardson-The Washington Times

DENVER — It turns out even nannies can’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.

“This is nanny government in every sense of the word,” said state Sen. Kevin Lundberg, Berthoud Republican. “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.”

He concluded: “In these tough times, new regulations should streamline government oversight, not load families and businesses with heavier burdens.”

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