Following videos showing child abuse in St. Louis daycare facilities, Governor Mike Parson is announcing the creation of the Safe and Quality Child Care Working Group to combat future abuse. The group is made up of staff from the departments of Health and Senior Services, Social Services, Public Safety, Elementary and Secondary Education and the Attorney General’s office.
Randall Williams, the Director of the Department Health and Senior Services, said his department hopes to make improvements, such as increasing the required number of training hours for daycare workers and creating report cards so parents know the quality of care a daycare provides before enrolling their child.
“While our North Star is always to help people have access to healthcare and to child care, safety has to be the most important thing on our minds.”
The working group will meet to discuss necessary changes and make recommendations by June 1.