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Senate Committee Passes Bill to Increase Child Care Accessibility

January 17, 2024 (INDIANAPOLIS, IN) – An Indiana Senate committee unanimously passed Senate Bill 2, which aims to improve child care in the state by removing certain regulations and expanding opportunities in the sector. Authored by Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso), the bill intends to boost benefits for child care workers, reduce entry barriers, and maintain quality and safety in child care. It proposes an expedited review of child care regulations by the Early Learning Advisory Committee. The bill also seeks to make child care more accessible to workers’ children and offers public subsidies for currently employed child care workers. Furthermore, it streamlines the process for public schools to join the On My Way Pre-K program and increases accessibility to child care vouchers. The bill includes provisions for creating micro child care centers and reducing age requirements for certain roles in child care. The bill now proceeds to the Appropriations Committee.


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