Report Finds State Child Care Inspection Policies Lax
Posted Wednesday, August 29, 2012 by Shelly Nye
Parents should know whether the child care settings they choose for their children will be safe. A new Child Care Aware® of America research paper, “Effective Inspection Policies Promote Children’s Safety and Healthy Development in Child Care,” found that 20 states (including the District of Columbia) conduct inspections of child care centers once a year or less frequently. They recommend that all licensed child care programs have regular unannounced inspections – at least once a year and preferably more often. Additional recommendations include: requiring states to post child care inspection reports online, requiring states to differentiate among the seriousness of violations and requiring states to share information with Child Care Resource and Referral agencies.
Note: The paper reports that Nevada does not report inspection or complaint reports online. However, Washoe County Child Care Licensing has launched a public web portal containing information on child care facility inspection reports. Visit the Washoe County Child Care Inspection Web Portal for more information.