AUDIO: Sen. Donnelly Supports Day Care Inspections For Child Care Grants

Posted On March 12, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly (D-Indiana)

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly (D-Indiana)

(Washington, D.C.) – A U.S. Senator from Indiana is pushing for more funding for daycares in the state and across the country.

Democrat Senator Joe Donnelly says he supports the Child Care Development Block Grant Act of 2014. The bill would reauthorize and reform a law designed to help American families afford child care. The block grant has not been reauthorized since 1996.

The current bill also includes provisions for program improvements and safety requirements.

“All we’re trying to do is to make sure that with those funds comes a requirement that the daycare centers themselves actually be inspected and taken a look at so our kids are safe,” Donnelly said.

According to a recent Indianapolis Star investigative report, Indiana has seen 31 children die in day cares since 2009. Three of those deaths have occurred in 2014 so far.

Eagle 99.3’s Bubba Bo spoke with Senator Donnelly Wednesday morning about the Child Care Development Block Grant Act, the situation in Ukraine, congressional action on climate change, and many other current events. You can hear the entire interview below.