Boise City Councilman T.J. Thomson hasn't been shy about his top goal in office.
Thomson says — often — that he wants Boise to be the healthiest city in America. Obviously, there are a lot of ways to measure health, and many of them are on Thomson's radar screen. For his first major legislative push, though, Thomson chose a focus on children.
Tonight, the City Council will hold a public hearing on his proposed Healthy Initiatives in Boise Child Care. In a nutshell, the new law would monitor child care centers around the city to see if they're following guidelines for nutrition, physical activity, ratio of workers to children and limits on time kids spend in front of a screen.
Most of these standards wouldn't be required. Instead, city inspectors would put information from their visits to centers in a website that shows which businesses are complying with standards, and which ones aren't. The idea is that parents will use the website to decide which child care centers are the best for their kids, and the market will do the rest.
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So far, there's been no opposition to Thomson's proposal. The child care industry in Boise has largely embraced it. If people are against it, tonight is probably their last chance to speak up.
The council meeting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. in the third-floor council chambers of City Hall, 150 N. Capitol Blvd. The public hearing will probably start around 6:15.