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Chapter 42 of the Human Resources Code currently requires an employee, director, or operator of a day-care center, group day-care home, or registered family home include, for an employee of a day-care center who has no previous training or less than two years of employment experience in a regulated child-care facility, to do 24 hours of initial training that must be completed not later than the 90th day after the first day of employment, eight hours of which must be completed before the employee is given responsibility for a group of children.
This bill would increase the required number of initial training hours from 24 to 48 which would have to be completed by the first anniversary of an employee’s first day of employment. The bill would also increase the number of initial training hours that need to be completed in order for an employee to oversee a group of children from 8 to 16. The bill would require six hours of training in teacher-child interaction in the 24 hours of annual training.
This bill was amended on the House floor but not in the Senate committee. We continue to oppose HB 2903.
The second chamber sponsor is Senator Garcia.
First chamber recommendation below:
While increasing the
minimum training standards for employees, directors, and operators in certain
child care facilities may enhance their ability to care for children, it also
expands the administrative compliance regulations. Because it places a greater
burden on private enterprise which abridges free market and limited government principles, we oppose HB 2903.