Childcare workers have expressed concerns to state lawmakers in St. Paul as the legislature considers improvements to childcare access and affordability.

Elizabeth Bangert with Here We Grow in Mankato said she’s done some research and finds that state regulations can be inconsistent. For example, she said, “There was a child who was taped to a chair with painters tape not documented as maltreatment, but a door accidentally closed, pinched an infant’s finger and that person can no longer work with children. You tell me how that is fair? Who would want this job for an average wage of $9.06 an hour when 46% of childcare workers in this country live in poverty?”

Other childcare workers, like Julie Seydel with the Minnesota Association of Childcare Professionals, also have concerns about current state regulations. She said, “Childcare providers can now be issued violations for not washing an infant’s bottle immediately after use or for not recording the time of day they conducted their monthly fire drills. Minnesota needs to go back to basics and reexamine all rules and laws and ensure that any remaining regulations are clear and fair.”

Seydel supports transferring rule-making authority from the Department of Human Services to the legislature.