Pushed by grieving parents, Kansas makes sweeping reforms

  • Article by: BRAD SCHRADE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 17, 2012 - 10:15 AM

Results could hold lessons for Minnesota, other states.

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dirtydogsSep. 16, 12 5:13 AM

Here we go again...more regulations, more cost, and an INCREASE IN DAYCARE EXPENSE. Since the vast majority of deaths are a result of providers allowing infants to sleep with blankets or allowing them to sleep on their belly, it seems to me there is a SPECIFIC area we need to address. Throwing regulations and costs at this problem is not the solution....which government always tries to do. NO SLEEPING WITH BLANKETS!!!!

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Thumper5316Sep. 16, 12 8:05 AM

Easy. Stay home with your kids and there won't be any question regarding the quality of their care. It can be done but it will take a change in lifestyle and personal focus.

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akmscottSep. 16, 12 8:14 AM

This article is just part of the Dayton propaganda machine.He wants these people to unionize!I dont know who in the world will be able to afford inflated union wages for daycare, but Dayton seems to think it's the best idea since sliced bread!

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pjb170Sep. 16, 12 8:39 AM

I do agree though that parents should Be allowed to know when something out of compliance or negative occured in the child care. We were in a home child care that recently was suspended and told we are not allowed to know the details of why. Incredibly unfair if you ask me, parents should be allowed to know what may be affecting their children.

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bluetoenailSep. 16, 12 8:53 AM

The media, at the unions prompting, will not stop until all day cares are unionized. Unionized day cares will present greater danger to children than non-union day cares. One just needs to look at how children in our schools are held hostage by teachers and teachers unions. They have waged a war on children. Please do not allow unions to destroy early childhood memories with their thuggery.

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george13Sep. 16, 12 9:42 AM

So far only Thumper has it right. Raise your own kids. End of story.

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lordhawhaw1Sep. 16, 12 9:45 AM

The article was very interesting but I would've appreciated some more details. Day Care providers in Minnesota are already required to be licensed. Doesn't that licensing already require inspection, education and continued oversight? If not what in the world is the licensing fee for? How many Day Care Regulators/Inspectors are there in Minnesota already, if any? How many more are needed and how much would it cost? Where do we find the money? How intrusive would be the inspections? Some of the problems brought up in this article seem like simple and inexpensive fixes. For example-make the history of each day care provider (complaints and findings on the investigation of those complaints, along with violations), easy for parents to access online. I am very leery of the Strib calling this a "Crisis" and implying we need more government to solve the problem. Is not government involved in day care already and if not enough is being done then why aren't we holding government accountible instead of calling for yet more government?

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chuckdancerSep. 16, 12 9:51 AM

The ideologues beholden to parroting the conservative view hold life valuable only until it is born. I think it is disgusting to allow these helpless kids to die for an ideology.

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lordhawhaw1Sep. 16, 1211:53 AM

If asking questions regarding day care, its problems and the solutions before I am required to pay more in taxes and put up with yet another government bureacracy makes me an ideologue then guilty as charged. A lack of knowledge and asking questions is why we have the current government we are saddled with. If some people think its ethical to infer that those who disagree with them don't care if children die then they have my sympathy. However it is nothing more then a sad supression tactic and people are catching on to it. And as we have seen in Chicago recently with the teachers strike; it's not really about the children is it?

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busdriver37Sep. 16, 1212:13 PM

"Stay home with your kids and there won't be any question regarding the quality of their care." - Well, truth is, the standards with which I watched my own infant kids is very different than what's outlined as a proposal in the article. My children napped in their cribs, behind closed doors, for a good solid 2-hour nap every day without me checking on them. Why a daycare provider can't do the same is beyond me. (But yes, don't let them do anything stupid like toss a blanket in the crib. Duh.)

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