More Must Be Done to Ensure Safe Child Care

All these require money and attention. But more is needed. The problem of substandard and poorly funded day care should not fall solely on a state agency.

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  • Hector Morera

    My oldest child has a scar on their face from a licensed day care facility (not home) in Sterling and we still do not know what happened as we never received an incident report. 14 years ago, prior to the creation of the OEC in 2014, the DPH was responsible for licensing and inspecting daycare facilities. Apparently at the time of the incident, DPH did NOT mandate incident reports which were common for NAEYC accredited facilities. Shortly after my child was injured, I spoke to a representative from the DPH who sounded appalled and sympathetic and reassured me that they would find out what happened and reassure me that the cause of the incident would be addressed. HOWEVER, after speaking to the Daycare Facility, the DPH representative‘s demeanor completely changed from being helpful and sympathetic to being dodgy and barking at me that I would have to FOIA the DPH‘s findings to learn what they discvoered. This was completely disappointing. After a few more disgustings, the DPH offered the concession, without conceding any past fault on anyone‘s part, that from that point forward they would mandate incident reports. I‘m glad my complaining accomplished something but the apparent cover up of what happened appears to be the norm for State Regulatory entities. Not too familiar with the OEC, but if the same dysfunction that the DPH displayed 14 years ago when I reached out to them exists (as it appears to exist in many State agencies whose job is supposed to be the protection of the citizens of this state, not the handful of influentials), I fear for the well being of all our children in this state. Thank you for the article. Hopefully it will be received with well-thought out intentions, not knee-jerk reactions that placate the media but do not address any real underlying problems.

  • O.W. Holmes

    If married couples can‘t afford to have one parent stay home to care for their infant or toddler, they shouldn‘t be having babies in the first place. And as for the unmarried, uneducated and unemployed, they shouldn‘t even think about further burdening society. Three generations of imbeciles is enough.

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