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Gov. Sanford Signs Kendra’s Law

September 17, 2010

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

MARK SANFORD, GOVERNOR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Ben Fox   803-734-2100   bfox@gov.sc.gov

Gov. Sanford Signs Kendra’s Law

LAW AIMED AT STRICTER REQUIREMENTS FOR CHILDCARE PROVIDERS

Columbia, S.C. – September 17, 2010 – Joining Patrick and Michelle Gaddie and their daughter Kendra, as well as legislators and crime victims advocates, Gov. Mark Sanford today signed S.348 – known as “Kendra’s Law” – a bill aimed at improving safety standards and caregiver training for those registered as childcare providers across South Carolina.

“This bill represents a small but significant step toward greater protection for those the Bible calls ‘the least of these,'” Gov. Sanford said. “It’s a bitter irony that state law requires far more training to braid hair than it does to operate some childcare businesses. Kendra’s Law moves us in the right direction with regard to making priorities as a state, and for that reason I’d thank Senator Mike Fair and Representative Shannon Erickson for their work on the bill. More than anything, though, I’d give credit to Kendra’s parents, Patrick and Michelle, for their perseverance and indeed tireless efforts to make change in the legislative process and bring some good out of what was a difficult challenge for their family.”

S.348 requires Family Child Care Homes (those keeping 6 or fewer children in their own residences) to complete a minimum of 2 hours of training per year.

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