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Texas dropping day care higher staffing plan

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas is dropping a proposal to increase the ratio of adults to children in day care centers over concerns about how much parents can pay.

The Department of Family and Protective Services earlier this year recommended, to an advisory council, that the state lower the number of children that each worker at a day care center be allowed to supervise.

Texas proposed one adult per nine 2-year-olds, rather than the current 11 children.

The Austin American-Statesman reported Thursday that the agency received hundreds of public comments criticizing the plan, including from day care owners and parents worried about the higher cost.

Department spokesman Patrick Crimmins says the overriding concern is what's the effect would be on working parents who may be struggling now to pay for child care.


Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com

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