NY Lays Out New Day Care Rules

ALBANY (AP) -

New York authorities issued new rules on Wednesday governing day care centers to require they serve low-fat milk, water or 100 percent juice to help prevent obesity.

The rules, which take effect in June, allow parents to provide alternate beverages if they choose. They also require daily physical activity. All electronic or visual media must be turned off during meals, naps or when they’re not part of “program activity.” Daily outdoor play is required, except in bad weather.

For staff, the rule updates prohibit cellphone or electronic media use while supervising children. They also prohibit any guns on the premises, except by police or security guards.

Those with school-age children are prohibited from letting them mix with toddlers. Sleeping and napping arrangements are to be made in writing between parents and centers.

New York City regulates day care separately.