Fairfax pushes back against proposed English requirement for child care workers

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is asking Gov. Terry McAuliffe to reject a proposed requirement that all child care providers that receive government subsidies — both in centers and home day cares — should be able to speak, read and write in English.

The proposed change, which would expand an existing language requirement and would affect more than 3,000 providers serving about 34,000 children, is one of multiple changes geared toward improving safety and consistency in child care settings. The requirement says that workers should have English skills sufficient to “understand the regulations and communicate with emergency service personnel, parents and children, the department, and local department personnel.”

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