A data void surrounds child-care deaths in US

  • Article by: BRAD SCHRADE AND JEREMY OLSON , Star Tribune s taff w riters
  • Updated: July 30, 2012 - 9:16 AM

Better tracking nationwide could save lives, a watchdog report says.

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t_stevensJul. 29, 1210:28 PM

The thing that the Strib articles fail to point out is that the majority of infants are being taken care of in home-based daycare settings. The Institute of Education Sciences data says that nationally, only 7 percent of infants are taken care of in Daycare Centers. No wonder most of the deaths are occurring in home-based daycares – that’s where the vast majority of infants are getting care if not by family.

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dirtydogsJul. 30, 12 9:58 AM

I guess this will lead me to only one conclusion...make it illegal for all mothers of infants to work. No nanny's, no daycare PERIOD. Mandate they be stay at home moms. If you can not afford to stay home, don't have kids. How realistic is that. And since when does tracking change behavior?

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bluebamaJul. 30, 1210:23 AM

A data void surrounds voter fraud. Since there isn't much of an audit trail it tough to find voter fraud.

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stillonlymeJul. 30, 1211:22 AM

I believe the vast majority of infant deaths occur in the home, not in either family or center child care. I certainly feel the "data void" while reading these articles. Would like to see hard data reporting, more than a few anecdotal stories. How about a list, like the one of the 100 or so murders one year back in the 1990s. Each death, cause of death, circumstances of death, what county/city, age of child, licensed home or unlicensed or center, whether the center/home had violations and what type of violations, whether child care or provider was charged, outcome of charges. Stuff like that. Data. Is that not available in Minnesota?

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rodawn1Jul. 30, 12 2:13 PM

There are more deaths in parent's homes than in childcare--they also should be tracked to get a true picture and correct data. The STrib still refuses to do this.

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