Representative Brian Calley has gained victory in his legislation which allows for friends and neighbors distinguish the difference between casual babysitting and formal daycare operations. This new law will insure that State will not wrongly accuse someone of running an illegal daycare operation..
This law went to effect immediately and now exempts child-care and baby-sitting from day-care licensing requirements and defines babysitting as caring for another's child for less than $600 a year.
In Irving Township, a woman was sent a letter, back in August, from the Michigan Department of Human Services, which warned her that if she continued to watch her neighborhood friend's children for about an hour each day before school she would be violating the current daycare operations law and could be charged with a misdemeanor. Under the previous law, and individual could only provide child care services for only four weeks, and to care of the children after four weeks they must be registered or licensed with the State.
"I'm extremely pleased common sense has prevailed," Calley said in a statement.
"Michigan Department of Human Services Director Ismael Ahmed said the change in the law should prevent future mix-ups."
"It clarifies what we already knew: That being a good neighbor can include keeping an eye on each other's children." (McVicar, Grand Rapids Press)
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