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Day care guidelines approved

April 23, 1998|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg Borough Council on Wednesday unanimously approved new guidelines limiting day-care homes to a total of six child or adult clients a day.

"There's not going to be any part-time care," Tammy Barnhart of Chambersburg said after the vote on the regulations. The office coordinator for Learning Tree Child Care, Barnhart said it may now be difficult to find after-school care for her 7-year-old son.

Under the guidelines, providers are considered to be running day-care homes if they have between four and six children a day. Facilities with more than six children a day are deemed child-care centers and not allowed in residential areas.

Waynesboro Attorney Lloyd Reichard, representing a couple with a day-care home in Chambersburg, told the council before the vote that some homes may have four children or adults to take care of in the morning and four more in the afternoon.

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"The way that now reads, you'd have to compute that as eight persons," making it a day-care center, he said.

Learning Tree Director Karen Walter said after the meeting that her only objection was the limit on six children.

Learning Tree contracts with four day-care homes in the borough and Barnhart said a dozen or more school-aged children at those homes could be affected by the limit on children during a calendar day.

Council President Bernard L. Washabaugh said the regulations are intended to protect residents from having "20 or 25 kids next door running in shifts."

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