State officials vote to relax religious child care regulations

Thursday, August 27, 2009 | 3:20 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri health officials are proposing to relax many of the health and safety requirements for hundreds of church-run child care centers.

The regulations have been in place for 14 years, but state health officials said Thursday they recently concluded the state has no legal basis to enforce them.

Among the regulations proposed to be repealed are ones prohibiting caregivers from being drunk or on drugs or posing a threat to the health and safety of children.

Members of the state Board of Health reluctantly voted Thursday to repeal the regulations. Before becoming final, the proposed changes must be published for public comment.

The rule changes would apply to 590 facilities that already are exempt from state licensure. Most of those facilities are run by religious organizations.


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Nanny State August 28, 2009 | 7:26 a.m.

The following approved the attached amendments which put children in Missouri at serious risk. The Mo Dept Health and Senior Services has decided to use the health and safety of children in licensed exempt facilities as a bargaining chip against state legislators to have the legislators create stronger regulation. I thought this was the dept that was supposed to be protecting the children. Not removing current regulations, waiting for something to go seriously wrong and then blame the legislation for it.
Donna Mannello, D.C., Chair APPROVED
Webster Groves, Missouri
Annette Slack, R.N., J.D. APPROVED
Florissant, Missouri
Joseph Forand, M.D. APPROVED
St. Louis, Missouri
Nathalie Tungesvik DIS-APPROVED
Jefferson City, Missouri
Michael Weaver, M.D., F.A.C.E.P. APPROVED
Kansas City, Missouri
Anne Petersen, M.D. APPROVED
Jefferson City, Missouri

Here is a list of what will be allowed in licensed exempt facilities.
No more abuse/neglect screenings.
Caregivers DO NOT have to provide care conductive to health and safety.
Care givers can be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs or impaired by the use of medication.
People that pose a threat to the health or safety of children can be present at the childcare facility.
NO caregiver has to be in charge while childcare is being provided.
Caregivers at these facilities have absolutely no responsibilities.
These Facilities can now have more than 24 infant/toddlers in one room.
These actions taken by the Dept. Health and Senior Service will leave children in Missouri in a very bad situation.

Kathy Quick is the Section Administrator for Childcare. She is one of many responsible for these actions taken against Missouri's children. The dept number is 573-751-2450.

Here is a link to the proposed amendments:

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