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Richard Burr
Mikulski child care bill poised for final approval
Mikulski child care bill poised for final approval

WASHINGTON -- Child care workers would undergo more stringent background checks and states would be required to spend more to improve the quality of day care under legislation crafted by Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski that cleared a key vote Thursday and is poised for final approval on Monday. The measure, the first overhaul of the federal child care program aimed at low-income families in 18 years, establishes new safety requirements for day care providers, including annual facility inspections and CPR training. The measure would also require states to set aside millions more than they do now to improve the care young children receive. The Senate voted 96 to 1 on Thursday to move the...