Mont. Gov. Proposes New Childcare Licensing Rules to Increase Childcare Access

Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte proposed new childcare licensing rules to help increase access to childcare in the state, according to a state press release on November 4. “We heard loud and clear from stakeholders that the current rules and governance structure for childcare were in need of a massive overhaul,” said the Department of Public Health and Human Services Director Charlie Brereton. The DPHHS conducted assessments of over 700 childcare facility owners and staff, state and local agency partners, as well as other interested parties; the agency used surveys, interviews, focus groups and site visits. A public hearing on the proposed rules package takes place on Nov. 28.

Workforce Remains the Top Challenge for State CIOs

The Executive Director of the National Association of State CIOs, Doug Robinson, shared that state CIOs continue to face workforce challenges, according to the Federal News Network on November 4. Interviewed on Ask the CIO about the annual survey of state CIOs, Robinson said, “regardless of the topic, whether it was legacy modernization, whether it was a discussion on post pandemic priorities, workforce challenges seem to be the first or second challenge.” Robinson explained that concerns related to recruiting, retention and resignations appeared widespread among the more than 50 respondents.

N.M. Medical Workers Experiencing Licensing Delays

Some medical workers in New Mexico say they now wait weeks to receive their licensing from the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department, according to KRQE News on Nov. 1. The department suffered a cyberattack recently, noticing suspicious activity on their website on October 7. Despite the attack, the department remains “fully functional and staff is working to process all license applications as quickly as possible,” according to the article. The departments suggests that those needing licensing help call or email the specific licensing board on the state’s website.

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