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Bureaucrats Consider Shutting Down Informal Play School for 2-Year-Olds Because It's Too Safe

The 45-year-old cooperative has ground rules, which means D.C. government considers it an unlicensed daycare.

PlayschoolOksun70 / DreamstimeBureaucrats in Washington, D.C. may make it impossible for an informal parent group to meet.

For 45 years, parents have brought their two-year-olds to the Lutheran Church of the Reformation as part of a cooperative play school endeavor. It's a chance to socialize with other haggard moms and (presumably some) dads dealing with the terrible twos, and it's volunteer run. But as Karin Lips, mom of a baby she hopes will join the club in two years, writes in The Washington Post:

On Sept. 7, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education investigators inspected a playgroup of toddlers to assess whether the cooperative was an illegal daycare. The investigators issued Capitol Hill Cooperative Play School parents a "statement of deficiencies," alleging that the Capitol Hill Cooperative Play School was violating the regulations that apply to a "child development facility."

The problem—which isn't actually a problem, unless you define it as such—is that because the play group has some rules and requirements, including the fact that parents must submit emergency contact forms, as well as tell the group when their kid is sick, the play group is not a play group but a "child development facility." And child development facilities are subject to regulation and licensing by the government.

As Lips points out, this actually creates an incentive for parent-run play groups to be less safe, because if they don't have rules about emergency contact info, and how to evacuate and such, they are considered officially "informal" and can go on their merry, possibly slipshod, way:

The D.C. Council should consider what will happen if the government regulates voluntary cooperatives like this out of existence. For starters, these parents and 2-year-olds will be worse off, denied the opportunity to get together for a few hours each week to visit with their friends.

But this regulatory encroachment could be the District's first step toward broader government overreach in this area and the crowding-out of voluntary associations. From nanny-shares to babysitting co-ops to regularly scheduled times to play at public parks, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education investigators could find new opportunities to crack down on the voluntary ways that D.C. families approach playtime and child care for their children.

Take a step back and you see a group of people—toddlers and parents—enjoying themselves. They're meeting, playing, and perfectly content. But another group is trying to butt in and end the fun—and the convenience.

Just who's acting like a two-year-old?

Photo Credit: Oksun70 / Dreamstime

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  • Remember to keep it all polit||

    Like banning feeding the homeless on the grounds that the salt intake can't be measured.

    Or something about babies and bathwater. Or noses and faces.

    I wonder why I think government is incompetent and anarchy (or microarchy for lc1789) would not be worse and cost less to boot.

  • Anomalous||

    You left out the something about asses and both hands in a hall of mirrors at high noon.

  • sarcasmic||

    Freedom means asking permission and obeying orders.

  • Anomalous||

    Freedom is slavery.

  • perlchpr||

    It would be a tragedy if the council chambers were chained shut and the building set on fire.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    With the counselors inside.

  • perlchpr||

    Sorry. I thought that went without saying.

  • VinniUSMC||

    Fuck off slavers.

  • CGN||

    YET ANOTHER good reason to cut the power of bureaucracies and government in general.
    One would think (at least if he/she were reasonable) that a higher level of emergency preparation would be a GOOD thing, but as usual, our overly powerful governments have become our masters instead of our servants. It is WAY beyond time to cut down government at all levels.

  • Ron||

    Again this is about the government not liking competition. these kids are not in government run day care thus competition and religious to boot

  • Ron||

    interesting two people used boot today must be the boot of government oppression

  • Benitacanova||

    And those boots were made for walking all over you (you as in us).

  • NashTiger||

    Well, I doubt these religious ahole parents are teaching these 2 year olds about gender fluidity and cis hetero white privilege. Gotta stamp it out

  • Longtobefree||

    Besides, if they run the kids out, Alexandra Occasional Cortex could sleep there.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    But this regulatory encroachment could be the District's first step toward broader government overreach in this area and the crowding-out of voluntary associations. From nanny-shares to babysitting co-ops to regularly scheduled times to play at public parks, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education investigators could find new opportunities to crack down on the voluntary ways that D.C. families approach playtime and child care for their children.

    But on the plus side (if you run a licensed daycare) this will force more parents to have to pay up for a licensed daycare. Regulatory capture FTW As for "the poors" who can't afford daycare, oh well, that's what they get for being too poor, amiright?

    On Sept. 7, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education investigators inspected a playgroup of toddlers to assess whether the cooperative was an illegal daycare.

    Actually I'm wondering if the petty functionary they sent out to inspect is either related to or knows someone who runs a licensed daycare center nearby, and they're kneecapping the competition for them.

  • CLM1227||

    Nanny-shares and co-ops are alternatives to regulated day care as they make it easier for non-working parents to find care for the odd appointment or so that parents need for their own health.

    Conventional day care require monthly payments and daily, set hours. If I want to work from 9 - 3 on Mon, Wed and have a grandparent baby sit on Friday, I have to pay for 20 hours a week day care and bring my kid Mon, Tue, and Wed. It's been 9 years since I've researched it, but day care is too rigid for 1-2 hours a month.

    For a sahp with few connections available during working hours, co-ops are life-savers.

  • Dan S.||

    So don't require that there be emergency contact numbers. Just say it is strongly recommended, or something like that. Will that keep the busybodies away?

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Bureaucrats will not be denied.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    To Lefties, the State is the best Mommy and Daddy.

  • Joe M||

    Funny how this precisely mirrors harm-reduction efforts at raves and the like. Engaging in harm-reduction efforts indicates you know that drug use is occurring, which then makes you legally liable. So to be "safe", you don't tell people how to be safe.

  • MatthewSlyfield||

    The Neo-puritans that the progressive movement has morphed into and which control the government hate the very idea of fun, no matter what form it takes.

  • n00bdragon||

    Can we just start replacing the text of these articles with "ASSUME THE POSITION!"?

  • Anomalous||

    BOHICA

  • Juice||

    Wait. This isn't THE Babysitting Coop that made Krugman frothy, is it?

  • in4mation||

    Amendment I
    Congress shall make no law ... prohibiting ... the right of the people peaceably to assemble

  • Longtobefree||

    That was then, this is now.
    Welcome to the revolution.

  • kevinq||

    America, land of the free*

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  • Longtobefree||

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