Deadline approaches for day cares to comply with new safety requirements

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The deadline is looming for child day cares to follow new rules that help prevent babies from dying while sleeping.

Licensed child care providers are now required to get trained on safe sleep procedures, report any problems right away, and have policies written out for parents.

Some of the requirements for the safe sleep program include placing sleeping babies on their backs, either in a playpen or crib, and constantly monitoring them.

“We are trying to follow those protocols of making sure the teachers are following it carefully in the center, and also that parents are aware of why we are doing it,” said Kiran Singh of Stepping Stones Academy. “We also want them to follow these safe practices back home, not just here, but back home as well.”

Child care facilities that care for babies need to have their policies on safe sleep written out and given to parents to sign for acknowledgement.

If it isn’t done in about a week, the state says those facilities will not be allowed to care for babies.Get more information about the new child care requirements here.

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