The Canadian PressMarch 13, 2014 17:05
WASHINGTON - The Senate has passed legislation to require child care providers who care for children from low-income families through a government voucher program to undergo criminal background checks, know first aid and CPR and get other training.
The bipartisan legislation, which passed by a 97-1 vote, would also require annual state inspections of child care centres. At issue is the $5 billion-plus spent annually to help provide care to 1.6 million children, many of whom are in single-parent households. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, cast the "no" vote.