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'Kendra's Law' for daycare training signed

Sep 17, 2010 11:57:00 AM - thestate.com
The mother of a child shaken to near-death at a Columbia-area day care in 2008 cheered Friday’s signing of a law that mandates two hours of training for day care providers.

She called it a small step toward protecting children at in-home day cares but a big encouragement for seeking more change.

“This is something that we hope will inspire others to take up the mantle of change,” Michelle Gaddie said with Gov. Mark Sanford at her side. “When they see an injustice they can do something.”

Named for Gaddie’s now 3-year-old daughter Kendra, the law Sanford signed requires that in-home day care providers complete the training and report it to the Department of Social Services. In-home day cares comprise by far the largest number of day care facilities in the state and are the least regulated. DSS oversees the day care industry.

Sanford characterized the law as a significant step in regulating in-home day care.