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  • The God Loophole

    At least 16 states exempt religious daycares from standard licensing rules. In six states, the exemptions are so broad that even the most basic rules are lifted – such as bans on beating kids, how many workers must be hired to watch children and whether they need to be trained in CPR. The results can be tragic.
  • In the Background: a KCRA-3 Investigation

    KCRA-3 found that the state of California was clearing people with arrests for child molestation, sex abuse of a minor, elder abuse, arson, even murder to work in daycares, elder care facilities, nursing homes and foster homes. The state would clear people to work who had multiple arrests and then investigate later. Yet those investigations took months, sometimes years to complete. As a result of our investigation the department changed their policy and a new state law was signed that would prevent the department from changing their policy back. No longer are people with arrests for violent crimes simply cleared to work and then checked later.
  • Startribune:The Day Care Threat

    Children had been dying in Minnesota child care at an alarming rate and state regulators and industry leaders had overlooked the problem until our reporting laid bare a series of safety failures that led to the spike in deaths. The reporters made dozens of public record requests and analyzed hundreds of cases to uncover wide problems in the state’s in-home daycare system. They almost all the deaths occurred at in-home daycares, which have more lax regulations than centers. The series also uncovered dozens of cases of sexual abuse, gun violence and negligence that harmed children in the state’s in-home daycare system. It revealed how Minnesota has some of the weakest training and supervision rules in the country for these in-home daycares. The reporters also discovered that critical safety records that would help parents identify problem providers were not accessible to the public. The response to the series was swift and sustained. State regulators implemented changes to improve infant safe sleep practices and they are planning legislation this session to shore up some of the safety problems. The series also highlighted how the lack of information about child care deaths is a national problem.
  • Recalled Products at Daycare

    This investigation found that many states do not require daycares to check and see if they're using recalled products. As a result, several children have died because of recalled products -- like cribs, playpens and toys -- at their daycares.
  • No Record Found

    WTHR Eyewitness News Investigators made a troubling discovery that threatens public safety: Indiana State Police criminal background checks often fail to show the record of dangerous criminals - including child molesters, burglars, and even murderers. Last year alone, the system was used 300,000 times by schools, daycares, nursing homes, and youth leagues.
  • Registered Sex Offenders: Do You Know Who's Living Next Door?

    This investigation exposed many of the flaws in the Nevada sex offender registry system. The state has major issues tracking sex offenders, does a bad job of making their locations known to schools and daycares, and does not account for sex offenders who might move in from other states.
  • Uncontrolled Funding

    KPHO-TV found that "taxpayers continue funding a troubled daycare. One Arizona state office cited the facility with nearly 100 violations while another office continues funding it about $20,000 a month." The day care may also be run by a man the state has banned from running daycares.
  • Who's watching your kids

    WFMY visits ten elementary schools and two day-care centers to see if just anyone can walk into a building and have access to children. In seven, cases, reporters were granted access to classrooms, hallways and bathrooms. One of the two day-care facilities let a complete stranger pick up a child. The station then worked with the state licensing office to raise awareness for parents and other daycares in the area.