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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 3, 2019 02:04 PM
From: Representative Thomas L. Mehaffie, III and Rep. Jared G. Solomon
To: All House members
Subject: Childcare Keystone Stars - Former HB 1742

In the near future, we will be introducing a bill that brings clarity to parents’ decision making about where to send their children for childcare.

Currently, all licensed childcare centers are part of the Keystone Stars system. With that, all centers that currently do not participate in Stars will be default Star 1, the lowest rung on the quality ladder. Parents, who normally make decisions on childcare based on cost and convenience, need to add “quality” to the mix. To help achieve this, our legislation requires that all centers post on their public-facing window (and website, if they have one) how many Stars their center has out of four. We believe that this legislation provides much-needed information that increases and improves parent choice, protects our children, and allows the free market to thrive in the economy for childcare.

We hope you join us in co-sponsoring this important legislation

Prior Co-Sponsors: David Millard, Mark Mustio, W. Curtis Thomas, Francis X. Ryan, P. Michael Sturla, Harry Lewis, Jr., Judy Ward, Vanessa Lowery Brown, James R. Roebuck, Jr., Michael H. Schlossberg, Ed Neilson, Katharine M. Watson, Mary Jo Daley, Maria P. Donatucci, Matthew Bradford

Introduced as HB309