OKLAHOMA CITY – A bill authored by State Rep. and House Majority Leader Mike Sanders that will protect Family Child Care Home children and workers from sexual predators passed with a vote of 87-0 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives today. The bill now is eligible to be heard by the state Senate.
House bill 3330 updates current state statute by adding family child care homes or home daycares to the Oklahoma Child Care Facilities Licensing Act. The act ensures sex offenders cannot move to within 2,000 feet of a family childcare home serving five children or less. These smaller daycare centers were inadvertently left out of the Act, when it was first written several years ago. The law already protects schools, licensed daycares, campsites and playgrounds.
“This will protects the nearly 2,000 home day cares in Oklahoma, from sexual predators,” said Sanders, R-Kingfisher. “We’re making sure these home daycares have the same protections as schools, parks and other facilities already protected by the law. I know how hard it is for people in my district to find high quality childcare without being placed on a waiting list; they rely on these smaller home centers to help them care for their children. Yet, we’ve had some home daycares close because a sexual predator moved next door. This law will give these smaller child care centers the same protections as everyone else.”