Local providers speak out against new childcare rules

ST. PETER, Minn. (KEYC) – The Minnesota Department of Human Services is planning changes to its child welfare laws… and people are starting to speak up.

Child care legislation is on the agenda for the 2025 legislative session, and DHS is seeking input from child care providers, experts, and others on future proposals to modernize the rules.

Although many do not support the current project.

“I found the whole bill offensive. There’s a whole list of ungodly things that are really overregulating us,” said Brenda Novack, a family caregiver.

People responding to DHS polls are asking for more time and significant changes. But those speaking out have until the end of October to make an impact.

“I would like to see it extended until at least 2026, if not longer,” Novack said.

The regulatory changes will include the introduction of risk-based breach assessment systems, revised licensing standards and key performance indicators for childcare centre inspections.

Novack believes child care costs could rise if the proposal passes.

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