Plan to discount some day care setup fees advances in Philly


A push to expand day care opportunities in Philadelphia has crossed one hurdle in City Council. 

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown’s bill, attempting to make it easier to open a day care center in Philadelphia, would exempt family and group day cares from some of the fees involved in setting up the business.

“It became abundantly clear after a number of meetings with child-care providers that the application and appeal fees are a major barrier for those wanting to provide child care,” she said. “We have a wealth of data that shows affordable, accessible day care offers significant lifelong benefits to children.”

Even without paying a fee, all day care centers would still have to comply with state and local regulations.

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Pennsylvania now has the nation’s 18th most expensive child care, consuming 12 percent of total income for the median family. Where there is a single mom involved, it requires 43 percent of her income.

The bill now moves to the full Council for consideration.


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