Overcrowded day cares 'a recipe for disaster'

  • Article by: JEREMY OLSON, BRAD SCHRADE and GLENN HOWATT , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: May 22, 2012 - 10:34 AM

When care providers take too many children, dangers multiply. Several sites of child-care deaths had been cited for capacity violations.

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guffmanMay. 19, 1210:31 PM

Yep. Another Private Daycare hit piece for the unions. child deaths are always sad. What is the solution? Is is more government? what about parents keeping their kids at home? What about....there is no epidemic, but thanks for trying to create one. Sheesh

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LISATOTUSHEKMay. 19, 1211:36 PM

This is one of many reasons why we choose to be a one income family and stay home with our own children. Sure I would love to go out to eat, go on a cruise and buy new clothes. But I would like to not bury my kids as well. I don't understand why some people have kids if they are going to pay someone to babysit 50 hours a week. So you get to see them on weekends?

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nitro69May. 19, 1211:47 PM

Well then, we'd better hurry up and force unionization on the daycare providers to ensure they are run properly....after all, government knows best, right? Give me a break.

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rabow001May. 20, 1212:02 AM

I think we need to lobby for smaller ratio's in ALL childcare settings. Centers in MN generally have the same ratio's. Infants are 4 to 1, toddlers 7 to 1, preschool 10 to 1 and I think schoolage is 15 to 1. It is next to impossible for a teacher to give QUALITY care and keep children safe at these numbers. Something most people do not know about many centers is that when a room is at ratio any "extra staff" is sent home. For example in the morning a toddler class of 10 would have 2 teachers, but if 3 kids left early most centers send one of the staff home. They do this to keep " labor" down (save money on paying staff), when they should be thinking about best intrest of children who are then being supervised by one teacher. this means the kids get less one on one attention, not as much creative time ( painting, etc..) There are usually more incidents of biting and other injurys.....

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StarquestMay. 20, 1212:44 AM

@LISATOTUSHEK We eat out AND do not bury our child. See, there's a non-hyperventilating third option here.

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TaxifourMay. 20, 12 5:40 AM

I agree with you Lisatotushek. Get a dog if you want to work 50 hours a week. You're not raising your child, Day care is. Those years go by so fast. Spend them with your child and live within your means.

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tandabussMay. 20, 12 6:18 AM

Wow, lots of you are real quick on the judgemental. Day care availability is a huge issue, particularly for parents of infants. I'm a single mom (through divorce); each time I had an infant there was a massive struggle just to find a place with an opening. Infants are not profitable for many centers or even home providers. So openings are few. And, if you have to go to work, you have to take what's available--it may be only one spot in town. So, I think there is a role for government in this. And if that makes me a liberal pinko communist, so be it.

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dirtydogsMay. 20, 12 6:59 AM

Folks, this isn't the UNIONS talking, this is driven by the commercial daycare centers. Unions would have no impact and provide no value if you are at over capacity. I would love the Strib to go to a commercial facility and see exactly what kind of zoo it is. Kids running everywhere. For my money I will keep my kid in a well run home daycare with a provider I know and trust.

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wingknutMay. 20, 12 7:42 AM

I can't imagine anyone person being able to take care of 10 kids or more at one time. We can barely keep up with 2 one year olds in our own home! Minnesota should adopt stricter guidelines such as Oklahoma, ratio of 1 to 7.

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PAugustsonMay. 20, 12 7:54 AM

Please stop with the scare tactics. There are parents out there who need to work. There are also resources for parents who need to work on how to choose childcare for their children. Lets hear about the in home day cares that provide caring, nuturing,loving, education and well balanced meals for thousands of Minnesota children.

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