Praise New Child Care Safety Regulations

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Target: Administration for Children and Families

Goal: Thank administration for passing stricter child care regulations

In a move that is the first to occur in 15 years, the Obama administration along with the Administration for Children and Families has announced strict new regulatory rules for child care facilities throughout the United States. An alarmingly high number of infants and children die as a consequence of unsafe child care practices and negligent care, and the administration hopes that these new and strict regulations will decrease this number. Thank them for passing regulations that will keep children placed in child care safe.

Any individual involved in a family home or child care center that receives federal funding will be subject to universal background checks and fingerprinting. In addition, employees will participate in mandatory training that includes CPR and first aid, and safe sleeping practices. Employees must also must agree to participate in randomized inspections. These new regulations come on the tail end of a disturbing number of deaths of young children who were placed in child care facilities.

A prime example of deadly child neglect and abuse is four-month-old Santino Degenhard. The sequence of events that led to Santino’s death were captured on film and reveal the disturbing lack of regulation that led to the infant’s death. His mother, Rachel, dropped him off and placed him in a bouncy seat. Regulation says that he should not have been in the seat for more than 15 minutes, but he was left there for 90. A caretaker then placed him on his stomach and tended to other manners, no longer supervising Santino. She did not see or hear him kick, struggle, or cry as a blanket bunched up near his mouth and he stopped breathing. Caretakers were notified of Santino’s odd positioning, but no one responded for almost ten minutes. When someone did check on Santino, he was not breathing and was immediately transported to the hospital and put on life support. He died six days later.

While it is unfortunate that well-publicized child deaths are what have prompted lawmakers to pass more strict regulations, it is important that the administration has taken such a huge step towards better child care. Let the administration know that you are thankful for their efforts to increase the quality and safety of children’s lives, applaud them for passing more strict child care regulations.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Administration for Children and Families,

You recently passed new regulations regarding child care practices. These regulations come in light of infant and child deaths that have been a result of negligent care takers. A prime example of this is Santino Degenhard, who died after hours of neglect, even though care takers were alerted of his declining health.

In previous years, over nine states received a score of zero on their child safety care score sheets, and previous requirements were limited to buildings being up to code in terms of fire safety and infectious diseases. New requirements are more stringent and require far more certifications than before, which should ensure a higher quality of child care and less avoidable deaths. I want to applaud you for passing new regulations that increase the safety of children placed in child care.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Toby Bochan via Flickr

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