New Day Care Rules Proposed For Dolls, Milk, More

Colorado Department of Human Services Taking Input

Day care centers in Colorado may have to meet new rules that regulate everything from the race of dolls to how much TV kids can watch.

According to documents obtained by 7NEWS, the changes being proposed by the Colorado Department of Human Services include:

  • Children over 2 years old shall be served 1 percent, 2 percent or skim milk (unless directed in writing by a child's health care provider)
  • Juice shall be limited to 4 to 6 ounces per day for children over 1 year of age and must be 100 percent juice
  • TV and computer time shall be limited to 20 minutes per day unless its a special occasion
  • Doll shall represent three races
  • Requires child care providers and children take at least 1 physical education class per year
  • Each child must have an assigned caregiver
  • Nursery staff members must wear clothing that covers the lap and shoulders
  • Children must be offered food at intervals not more than 3 hours apart

    The proposed changes also specify policies for hand washing, handling prescriptions and sunscreen.

    The State Department of Human Services told 7NEWS it was childcare providers who asked for the specifics to be added where in the current rules it just states "adequate."

    "The childcare provider community asked us to provide some specificity, some specifics when we put a qualitative term in rule such as adequate." said Liz McDonough, spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Human Services.

    We spoke with a childcare provider who said she asked for specifics but not to this level.

    "There was an asking for some specifics, but I think that they went overboard. The proposed rules are just astronomically overbearing. There’s too many of them and they’re too specific for a center to be able to remember and follow all of them," said Ida Mae Custer, Pre-School Director at Open Door Childcare in Denver.

    Custer works at a center that provides care to children who come from lower income families.

    "To have to produce or purchase all of the materials that will be required is unreasonable. It’s not in the budget," said Custer.

    7NEWS also spoke with other child care providers who tell us the proposed rules would not impact the policies already in place.

    "It might not change it for some of the bigger centers, but for the smaller centers it is very overwhelming," said Custer.

    McDonough told 7NEWS the Colorado Department of Human Services is months away from the final version of the proposed rules.

    "We may adjust the specifics of the rules," said McDonough.

    Read the proposed rule changes on the Colorado Department of Human Services website.

    Officials are touring the state to get feedback on the proposed regulations. The public can also take a online survey.

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