Gov. Ivey reacts to regulation of daycares
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) —
In the state of Alabama, unregulated day care centers are just as common as licensed facilities. Alabama is only one of seven states that still allows child care centers to operate without regulation if they are a part of a church or ministry.
Governor Kay Ivey as well as other lawmakers say change may be necessary. Kamden Johnson's death investigation has captivated parents everywhere and now even our states lawmakers are talking change.
5 year old Kamden Johnson could have been anyone's child and now with the tragedy surrounding his death it makes him everyone's child. "I just believe all daycare centers ought to be licensed," said Ivey.
Speaking in Orange Beach today Ivey says she favors any legislation that protects children. She said one way to make that happen is to require all daycares to be licensed. "Any child that in the care of a daycare center that center needs to be licensed to ensure we've got quality folks rendering quality service to protect our children," said Ivey.
State licensing of daycares means all employees would have to undergo background checks. "Why would a parent want to take their child to an unregulated daycare," said John Melendez who owns the "Milestones" daycare in Loxley. He say he would have it no other way.
"And that there's no child abuse in their history and make sure there’s no history of neglecting a child while working in a daycare," said Melendez.
In the state of Alabama, unregulated day care centers are just as common as licensed facilities. Alabama is only one of seven states that still allows child care centers to operate without regulation if they are a part of a church or ministry. Recent attempts to push legislation to regulate all daycares failed in the alabama legislature. The measure passed the House but didn’t make it through the Senate.
"I think some reasonable requirements would have to be met. they wouldn’t necessarily have to be licensed to be required to meet these requirements," said State Representative Steve McMillan.
Alabama's Attorney General agrees something has to change. " I think as a state we should have an interest to make sure that children are safe. we need to be able to establish a regulatory framework whatever that may be to make sure that that happens," said AG Steve Marshall.
"When we talked to the ag this morning he didn't have all the details involving Kamden Johnson's case he said he would call District Attorney Ashley Rich and offer any and all assistance.