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South Dakota daycare providers: Forced to register?

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The South Dakota Senate will vote on a bill that would require some in-home daycare providers to register with the Department of Social Services.

Many providers around the state aren't required to register with the state or even to be licensed within their city.

Stacy Artz has been a daycare provider for five years.

She watches up to twelve children at a time and is registered with the Department of Social Services as well as licensed with the city of Aberdeen.

Artz says everyone who is a daycare provider should be registered.

"You could trust someone on their word, but, proper papers and certifications and they can call and they can check up on you too, if they wanted to, and just make the person feel better, at ease," Artz said.

The city of Aberdeen currently requires any in-home daycare providers to be licensed and go through building inspections as well as background checks to ensure the children's safety.

According to city attorney Adam Altman; in 2007 the city of Aberdeen made it a requirement for daycare providers to be licensed to operate; something that the Department of Social Services is trying to require providers who care for six of more children to do.

"In most towns in South Dakota there aren't any regulations on daycare's under twelve children, so that will be a huge change for them, they'll have to go through a process they don't have to go through now," Altman said.

Part of that process would require them to register with the Department of Social Services and report any violations or penalties to parents enrolled in the facility.

Artz says as a Mother and daycare provider herself that others in her field should have nothing to hide.

"The state, they come in unannounced into your house, they're at the door, so, you're like ok, come on in, which I kinda think is nice," Artz said.

Artz says she's just as welcome to the idea of requiring daycare providers to register with the state.

The Senate will discuss the bill at Wednesday's hearing.

If approved, family day care providers will be required to register by July 1, 2013.

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