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Panel recommends tougher requirements for at-home daycare providers

An increase in child deaths has prompted a state panel to recommend tougher safety requirements for at-home daycare providers. Three-fourths of the 96 deaths reported since 2002 involved sleeping infants. The panel says more training and consequences for providers is needed. Lucinda Jesson, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services, is trying to get legislative leaders on board after seeing resistance to legislation in the past.
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An increase in child deaths has prompted a state panel to recommend tougher safety requirements for at-home daycare providers. Three-fourths of the 96 deaths reported since 2002 involved sleeping infants. The panel says more training and consequences for providers is needed. Lucinda Jesson, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services, is trying to get legislative leaders on board after seeing resistance to legislation in the past.

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