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Joshua’s Story

Joshua Minton’s parents did what many parents do when looking for child care. They asked family, friends and neighbors for recommendations. They selected a provider for their son Joshua. They didn’t know that the provider had been cited over a period of years for numerous safety violations in state inspection reports. Several times, the provider… Read more »

Jacob’s Story

Avonda Fox of Texas suffered a horrific loss when her 4-year-old son, Jacob, died due to negligence by a child care center.  Jacob was left in a van for an unknown period of time in 103 degree heat. To elude police of guilt, Jacob’s body was placed at a local park.  When the child care… Read more »

Reagan’s Story

Natalie Wolfe from Indiana did what many parents do when looking for child care.  Natalie and her husband asked family, friends and neighbors for recommendations.   They selected a provider to care for their two year old daughter as well as their newborn, 3-month-old daughter, Reagan.  Before placing their children in the care of this provider,… Read more »

Madelyne’s Story

Lawrence Hall from Ohio did what many parents do when looking for child care.  Lawrence and his wife asked family, friends and neighbors for recommendations.  They selected a provider for their first-born daughter, Madelyne.  The provider was unlicensed but the Halls felt comfortable because everyone told them that the caregiver had 15 years of experience… Read more »

Nathan’s Story

Shelley and Steve Blecha from Missouri did what many parents do when looking for child care.  They asked family, friends and neighbors for recommendations.  They selected a provider for their first-born son.  When their second son was born, it made sense to keep the children together.  Nathan Blecha was 3 months old when the provider… Read more »

Washington Auditor’s Report Finds Sex Offenders in Child Care

How important is it that child care providers have a background check?  On August 1, the Washington State Auditor’s Office released a report, “Protecting Children from Sex Offenders in Child Care, Foster Care, and Schools.”  They conducted an audit within the state to determine if matching the state’s sex offender registry to information on child… Read more »

Background Checks Promote Children’s Safety in Child Care

Background checks for child care providers are essential to ensure that individuals who have a history of violent offenses are not licensed to provide child care or hired to work in a child care center. Parents expect their children to be safe in child care. Many parents logically assume that background checks are required for… Read more »

Children Should Be Safe in Child Care

Child Care Aware® of America (formerly the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, NACCRRA), has released a new research paper, “Why Aren’t We Outraged? Children Dying in Child Care Across America.” The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), the law that allocates funds to states for child care and sets the… Read more »

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