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Cedar Park Council looks into increased day care regulation

Cedar Park city council is looking into the possibility of adding municipal regulations to child day cares as a result of the Greg Kelley case. (CBS Austin)

Cedar Park city council is looking into the possibility of adding municipal regulations to child day cares as a result of the Greg Kelley case.

These regulations would be in addition to state regulations for day care centers.

Assistant City Attorney Jill Hoffman said there are about five other cities in Texas that do this.

Thursday, Cedar Park City Council heard about how two of them, Arlington and North Richland Hills regulate day cares on top of state regulations.

Councilmember Corbin Van Arsdale said he asked city staff to look into this after he learned several men, including one with a criminal history were living at the in-home day care where a child sex assault took place that led to Greg Kelley’s conviction.

Hoffman found that Arlington and North Richland Hills both perform annual city inspections in addition to a state annual inspection.

Hoffman said the city inspections are focused on environmental safety and health to provide a more oversight and control.

Council also discussed the difference between in-home day cares and licensed day care centers.

“This particular case that’s been in the press is about an in-home day care. I actually saw on the way over here on the neighborhood site that someone was looking for an in-home day care and i’m just kind of curious as to how many of these there are and what’s going on inside of them,” said Council Member Corbin Van Arsdale.

At the end of the presentation, Van Arsdale asked Hoffman if the city could legally eliminate non-licensed home day cares in Cedar Park.

He said thats not what hes planning to do, but just wanted to see if it was possible through zoning.

No action was taken Thursday, but Van Arsdale said he is “offended that children in Cedar Park were being put in proximity with convicted criminals.” and something should be done by council.

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