LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D−Taylor) issued the following statement about the Senate Families, Seniors and Human Services Committee’s decision to listen to testimony and take up a package of bills that would improve child care licensing by increasing transparency, and strengthening health and safety measures: 

“Now, more than ever before, parents are making the decision to enter the workforce full-time, and as a result, more parents are seeking out high-quality child care providers. However, our current laws have failed to consider this recent change in child care needs, and while most child care providers are responsible, we need to protect all children from bad actors.

“I appreciate the committee’s decision to hear today’s testimony about this package of bills, which will update our child care licensing requirements to make it easier for parents to find high-quality providers — while removing fraudulent or potentially dangerous providers from the system. We have an opportunity to implement the right safeguards that will strengthen health and safety standards to provide parents with peace of mind, and our children with the resources to succeed. I look forward to working with my colleagues to move these bills through the legislative process in a timely manner.”