Senator Nienow co-authors CPR requirement for child care workers

State Senator Sean Nienow (R-Cambridge) is co-authoring a bill that will require cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training for all teachers and assistant teachers in child care centers. “Hannah’s Law” honors Hannah Kozitza, who died after choking on a grape while at a day care facility last summer.

Current law only requires one CPR-trained staff person to be present in a child care facility when children are present. Hannah’s Law would require all teachers and assistant teachers in child care centers to complete CPR training, including CPR for infants and children. It also requires at least one trained staff member to be present whenever a child is present at the facility or on field trips.

Training is to be completed within 90 days of hire unless the individual has completed similar CPR training in the last three years. The bill is supported by the American Red Cross Twin Cities Chapter.

“This bill will ensure that every teacher or assistant teacher at a child care facility will be trained to respond. As a parent, I know that every parent that leaves a child in another person’s care worries,” Nienow said. “Our hope is that Hannah’s Law will not only improve preparedness at child care facilities, but will bring awareness to the public of the importance of emergency training for those that care for our children.”

The bill was introduced in the Senate in late February and was referred to the Health and Human Services Committee.