Opposition to HB277 is about protecting children by protecting some of the best, safest, and most positive child care options for children in Alabama.
If hard working Alabama parents no longer have high quality and low cost options, it harms children. HB277 will hurt poor families that depend on government subsidies to help pay for child care. An unintended consequence of HB277 will be that that many children in rural areas of the state will no longer have any positive child care options.
Eagle Forum of AL also needs to address an advertisement by the Voices organization
released earlier this week on Alabama Public Radio. This commercial falsely claimed that half of the state’s child care facilities are completely unregulated and do not follow even basic safety standards.
Eagle Forum of Alabama along with many other policy organizations in Alabama researched these claims made by Voices. We found them to be untrue. There are at least eleven agencies that regulate all licensed exempt child care providers in Alabama. Basic safety regulations are already required for all of these child care providers. See “Get the Facts on HB277” analysis for more details.
We all believe in protecting children, but Eagle Forum of Alabama finds that this legislation is not properly focused on addressing the real problems at hand. We encourage you to oppose HB277 as more work needs to be done on this legislation.