Minnesota should take a lesson from Missouri on child care regulation during the pandemic

Lack of childcare is one of the issues parents are facing in this pandemic. Daycares across the nation are closing mostly for safety reasons. Other states, like Missouri, have decided to make things easier for centers that choose to continue to operate during the pandemic. The state has allowed licensed centers to use emergency school closing rules. This means they can take in enrolled-school age children.

The state is furthermore (1) letting providers exceed the license capacity of their location by 1/3 during this time (2) making available short-term 45-day licenses that can be renewed (3) Loosening some regulations for record keeping and allowing providers to extend hours.All these allowances will allow providers in the state to meet the increased demand for childcare due to the current pandemic.

This is definitely a unique occurence and it has called for loosened regulation in different industries. From the trucking industry, to health services, a lot of burdensome rules have been suspended to enable an effective response to the virus. But what this ultimately shows is that all these rules put in place if they can be suspended without endangering lives, then they do not need to exist.

Childcare in most states has been facing increased costs and shortage. Especially in the state of Minnesota where increased and changing regulation is one of the reasons for the cost, drawing lessons from Missouri will prove helpful in assessing which rules can be loosened without compromising safety or quality.