Wednesday, September 30, 2009

State to mom: Stop baby-sitting neighbors' kids - Yahoo! News

State to mom: Stop baby-sitting neighbors' kids - Yahoo! News: "IRVING TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Each day before the school bus comes to pick up the neighborhood's children, Lisa Snyder did a favor for three of her fellow moms, welcoming their children into her home for about an hour before they left for school.

Regulators who oversee child care, however, don't see it as charity. Days after the start of the new school year, Snyder received a letter from the Michigan Department of Human Services warning her that if she continued, she'd be violating a law aimed at the operators of unlicensed day care centers."

She isn't getting paid. She's just watching her friends' kids for an hour. And here come the regulators.


Anonymous said...

When I first saw this story, I thought it involved an HOA since it reads like one of those instances where HOA counsel is hoping to spawn some lucrative frivolous litigation.

Beth said...

I am wondering about this sentence: "Snyder learned that the agency was responding to a neighbor's complaint." What kind of jerky neighbor would complain about that, anyway? Yikes. This may not be an hoa story, but the "neighbor complaint inspires nastygram" mechanism is very similar.

Let's hope the media attention leads to a change in the law.