TEXAS--AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas is dropping a proposal to increase
the ratio of adults to children in day care centers over concerns
about how much parents can pay.
The Department of Family and Protective Services earlier this
year recommended, to an advisory council, that the state lower the
number of children that each worker at a day care center be allowed
Texas proposed one adult per nine 2-year-olds, rather than the
current 11 children.
The Austin American-Statesman reported Thursday that the agency
received hundreds of public comments criticizing the plan,
including from day care owners and parents worried about the higher
Department spokesman Patrick Crimmins says the overriding
concern is what's the effect would be on working parents who may be
struggling now to pay for child care.
Information from: Austin American-Statesman,