Hundreds of thousands of child day care providers rely on federal funding to make their services more affordable. Under proposed new rules from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this funding is going to come with more strings attached.

The rules would require day care providers to undergo health and safety training; prove that they’re complying with fire, health and building codes; and have all workers submit to background checks.

The rules would also allow parents to be notified of their provider’s health, safety and licensing information via the Internet.

State rules for safety and licensing of child day care vary widely. The Department says its goal is to create uniform standards nationwide.

If you have questions about an injury your child may have experienced at a day care facility, call us for a free telephone consultation at 233-7200 or 1-800-903-8101.