Federal and state agencies are responsible for the well being of children. The Food and Drug Administration, the Center for Disease Control, and individual state departments of daycare licensing enact legislature, create standards, and form guidelines to help ensure children are eating nutritiously, have safe environments, and are protected from diseases. There are also a variety of departments concerned with helping parents locate and pay for quality child care . Consumer education on children's health and safety issues is helping increase knowledge on the proper care of children. The information distributed by the government has raised public interest and standards. However, there are advocates of laisse faire (leh-say- fare), or less government involvement in business and personal issues. This group believes consumers will force the childcare providers to raise standards of care without the number of regulations currently in effect. For more information on how the government affects the quality of child care, contact your daycare provider.
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