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New Missouri law will establish childcare quality ratings system

June 23, 2016
Linda Russell

Choosing a childcare provider for your little one is one of the hardest decisions a parent has to make. A new law signed by Governor Nixon Wednesday in Springfield will help Missouri parents be more informed in that choice.

Every parent hopes the place their little ones go while they’re at work is safe, educational and fun. But there is currently no quality rating system for childcare providers in Missouri. Inf fact, it was outlawed.

Judy Dungan, Director of Policy and Advocacy for Missouri Children’s Leadership Council says, “I mean, it’s one of the most important decisions they’re going to make, and our state, by policy, said we weren’t allowed to rate the quality of those providers.”

But with Governor Nixon’s signature on Senate Bill 638, multiple state departments will begin building a ratings system, which will be voluntary for providers.