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For many parents, it's hard to leave their kids at day care.  But now the City of Sioux Falls is considering new inspection rules that could help give parents a piece of mind.

One local owners says it's time to toughen the rules of inspection.

Singing can be heard throughout the houses and giggles from children filter through the air.  It's all fun and games for the kids, but for Dani Curtis, it's a full time job.
   
"I actually think I have the best job in the world.  Even if I mess up, I'm still loved and hugged at the end of the day," said Dani Curtis, owner of the Gingerbread House Day Care.

For Curtis, the kids are top priority, and says, it's time for the city to make the kids a priority too.   

Which could come in the form of new day care inspection rules.  The city is considering inspecting a day care anytime there is a complaint, before a new facility opens and after a day care closes.

"If you are open to inspections and you are providing that service, then you shouldn't be worried about being inspected.  Your door should be open to city, state, parents, whoever," said Curtis.

Curtis has been in business at her home day care for the past 8 years and says not once has a city inspector ever come through her doors, and as a day care provider she says that is very concerning.

"It's a disappointment to be truthful.  I don't think it would hurt for them to come in a couple times a year and take a look at us, or more," said Curtis.
 
As a licensed day care, Curtis says, inspections should be expected at The Gingerbread House to make sure the kids keep singing and to reassure the parents, they are leaving their kids in good hands.

Mayor Mike Huether says a day care inspection program is something he campaigned about. 

A representative from the Sioux Empire Child Care Network knew nothing about the proposed changes.

m_payne@kdlt.com
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