In a Pennsylvania child care setting, 17-month-old Warren died in an outdated and unsafe crib that trapped his head in a corner. Sadly, an inspection could have made a difference — potentially saving his life. Unfortunately, too many states do not inspect child care programs on a regular basis. California only inspects child care centers once every five years. Michigan only inspects in-home child care programs once every ten years. The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), the federal law that allocates funds for child care to states and sets the framework for state child care laws, does not require any inspections.
Inspections aren’t “paperwork.” Regular monitoring ensures the safety and healthy development of children. Read Child Care Aware® of America’s white paper on children’s deaths in child care throughout the country. Read the stories of parents related to health and safety or lack of training, which has led to serious injury or tragedy. Studies show that inspections reduce the likelihood of injury and death.
It is time to require regular unannounced inspections at least once a year (preferably more often) and post the inspection results on the internet so parents can be informed consumers. Urge your Members of Congress today to require regular unannounced child care inspections and to post the inspection reports on the internet. Click here to take action!
Children should be safe in child care. Inspections help make that happen.