Mental Health Issues, Obesity Are Targets Of New Child Care Rules

February 1, 2016

New rules for private child care centers in Colorado that go into effect Monday are meant to improve mental health care for kids who need it.

"It'll lead to less expulsions [and] better support for kids when it comes to mental health," said Jake Williams, who pushed for the changes with advocacy group Healthier Colorado."

The state plans to provide a network of mental health consultants with the new rules.

The new standards are also aimed at reducing childhood obesity. That means fewer sugary drinks, less time with TVs and tablets and more physical activity. 

Some owners of child care centers say they still worry the new standards will increase the already high cost of child care. Advocates insist the new rules won't raise prices.