Valley Mother Works with Congress to Up Child Care Regulations - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather

Valley Mother Works with Congress to Up Child Care Regulations

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A Shenandoah Valley mother whose baby girl died last May is working with Congress to prevent a similar tragedy.

Elly Lafkin lost her 12-week-old daughter while the infant was in the hands of an unlicensed daycare provider. Friday the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a proposal that would improve the quality of child care. That includes performing background checks and on-site monitoring.

Lafkin and with the HHS secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, say these rules will protect children from avoidable tragedy.

"I'm here today to join the call for quality childcare and also to stress the need for parents to have easily accessible information about quality care," Lafkin said.

"We know what the evidence shows: that we develop emotional and cognitive skills in children that make lifelong differences at a very young age and childcare is a critical piece of the puzzle," Sebelius said.

To comment on the proposed regulation, click here.

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