City Council to review fees for small day care center start-ups

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 Throughout the country and in Philadelphia, finding affordable, quality day care has become increasingly difficult for the working poor. (Photo courtesy of Germantown Beat)

Throughout the country and in Philadelphia, finding affordable, quality day care has become increasingly difficult for the working poor. (Photo courtesy of Germantown Beat)

A city  councilwoman wants to make it easier for some small business owners to operate in Philadelphia. 

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown has introduced a bill to remove use-permit fees for group day care providers with a dozen or fewer children.

“Given that we still have long waiting lists, given that we still don’t have adequate slots of accessible child care,  I have found the opportunity to alleviate or minimize some of the impediments that come with those who want to be a part of the child care system,” she said.

The registration fee is $125, while an appeal now costs $250.

Removing those fees could help people who want to set up in-house day care centers, Reynolds Brown said.

The councilwoman, who said the idea stemmed from a hearing on the state of child care in the city, said she hopes to have the bill approved before the end of the year.

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