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Published September 09, 2009, 09:01 AM

Daycare providers rally to change child care ordinance

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's a sight not typically seen at a Fargo Planning Commission meeting. Today, a group of daycare providers and parents rallied for a change in the city's child care ordinance, but as WDAY 6 Reporter Jason Vincent tells us, they left without the answer they were hoping for.

By: Jason Vincent, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's a sight not typically seen at a Fargo Planning Commission meeting. Today, a group of daycare providers and parents rallied for a change in the city's child care ordinance, but as WDAY 6 Reporter Jason Vincent tells us, they left without the answer they were hoping for.

At stake is a simple wording change for a Fargo city ordinance. It would allow day cares like Bartley Kids here in north Fargo to have 18 children instead of 12, but at conflict is two different ordinances. The states' child care ordinance says it's ok for home daycare providers to have up to 18 children, but Fargo’s only allows 12.

At today's planning commission meeting, about 50 parents and children showed up in red to show their support for the change. John and Janet Bartley have run their home day care for 22 years. They are one of 9 Fargo day cares not in compliance with the city's maximum of 12 children, but within the state's 18 child requirement.

The planning commission voted to deny the ordinance change to 18 children, citing safety concerns, but say they want to work with the 9 day cares over the limit to get them in compliance. It's a decision that's left more questions than answers and the future of at least one business in jeopardy.

This isn't the final decision on this issue, but rather a recommendation for the city commission. They will make a final decision at an upcoming commission meeting.

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