Day-care deaths prompt new safety measures

  • Article by: BRAD SCHRADE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 28, 2013 - 9:27 PM

Responding to rise in deaths, the Legislature will consider mandating more training and giving parents more access to inspection records.

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melloncollieJan. 28, 13 9:28 PM

"an effort to reverse the sharp rise in child deaths across Minnesota's in-home day-care system."

While the death of any child is tragic, the so-called claim there is "sharp rise" is false. What is the number of children in day care and what was the percent of children that died year by year? If one died in 2011 and two died in 2012 you can claim there was a 100% increase in deaths. That tells us nothing. The media and government work hand in hand to not tell us the truth so they can force their agenda on us.

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cutthebullJan. 29, 1312:20 AM

"Sharp rise..." Yep, the Strib's war on small, independent, in-home daycares continues. What they fail to realize is that in much of the state, in-home daycares are all there is. Force those small providers out and there are no other options - none.

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dirtydogsJan. 29, 13 7:59 AM

LET THE RATES GO UP UP UP. There are good daycare providers and not so good. The Good outweigh the bad. To put more costs and restrictions on the good will have an overall NEGATIVE impact on costs and care, as many good providers may just decide to close shop. And then we will be left with more bad. Another government over reaction that will negatively impact costs for child care and really do nothing to prevent bad providers.

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yathinksoJan. 29, 13 8:03 AM

One of their proposals, certainly recommended by insurance lobbyists, is to REQUIRE liability insurance for all in home providers. HOW DOES THIS PREVENT DEATHS. This just raises the cost of daycare for parents and may even give the provider a false sense of security. Get ready to pay way more parents, thanks to the government who wants to raise our kids for us. So we all pay more in taxes for these efforts and parents will pay higher costs. Can I ask for a redo on my November vote?

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familyhurtJan. 29, 1310:24 AM

Well, as a family member of one of the children that died in daycare, I applaud the efforts to make it safer and to allow parents to see records BEFORE they choose a provider. My niece's parents had NO idea their provider had violations in the past, until after their daughter died at daycare and an investigation was launched. The provider placed their 3-month old daughter in a room on another level without even a monitor and then failed to check on her for over an hour. When she did find her unresponsive, who did she call ... her husband, her mother and her pastor. (She called her mother to come take children because she was again over her licensing limit and didn't want the County to know because she had written up before for this.) Who did she immediately begin CPR on ... no one. She NEVER called an ambulance - her pastor did after he arrived. When he saw Baby A laying on the floor, he asked her if she shouldn't be doing CPR? She said, "Do you know how to do it?" She never called Baby A's parents. They found out because my sister, the infant's grandmother, worked at the hospital she was taken to. And what was her "punishment?" She lost her license. After reviewing her past violations that were made available during the investigation, it made one wonder why she still had a license in the first place. As far as liability insurance, the cost is not that much; if there is a death - it would help cover funeral expenses; and, to be quite honest, why would a provider choose to not carry it and risk losing everything??? I hope the Legislature will add penalties for providers who do not immediately call an ambulance and begin CPR. Our children deserve a level of care of no less than that.

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arielbenderJan. 29, 13 1:27 PM

I see the "anti-regulation" crowd is out in full force. Apparently, the number of deaths is insignificant to these people if there's a little more money attached to part of the solution. Let me make clear for you...KIDS ARE DYING. And if it was one of your kids that was tragically taken from you, I guarantee that you wouldn't be here whining abut tougher standards for the people that are caring for them.

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notforwardJan. 29, 13 1:32 PM

Anyone who can't see the agenda is truly blind. Gee, I wonder if the solution might be to force these private business' to Unionize?????? No, that couldn't be it, could it?

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jparrish1Jan. 29, 13 2:03 PM

Once again, the Star Tribune uses partial information to create a story instead of reporting a story as journalists should. I am shocked that the editors would allow this. Here are just some of the facts left out of this story. While there are some providers who did break rules, the number of deaths directly attributed to the provider are few. The cause of death in a significant number of these cases included infections, heart conditions, viruses and even cancer. One was a case of shaken baby where the parent was found to be responsible. Also missing from this article is the fact that there has not been one death since July of last year so it would seem that simply making providers aware that there was a problem was enough to fix it. No one wants bad providers out of business more than all the good providers out there. Unfortunately, many of these recommendations will only harm the good providers while not protecting children at all. Over 10,000 providers out there who have never had an incident yet by reading these articles you would think licensed providers are dangerous and don't care for children. One has to wonder what the motivation is behind these stories.

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stillonlymeJan. 29, 13 2:11 PM

While it may be appropriate to change some rules for these providers, it may be equally or even more necessary to change some of the oversight procedures. These articles have been anecdote based, and while that is an important and attention-grabbing aspect, a more detailed breakdown of the figures should have been included. It's not too late to do this. It's also important to remember that no one knows why SIDS happens, and that while certain aspects are controlled by the child care, other aspects are not -- i.e. parental smoking and sleep position at home, which both have an apparent relationship to SIDS/SUIDS. Other uncontrollable factors include age of the infant, gender, and ethnicity -- there are risk factors of various degrees for each of these. We can only surmise that some of these deaths were SIDS/SUIDS, because the detailed statistics have not been given.

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cutthebullJan. 29, 13 6:06 PM

arielbender - It has nothing to do with being anti-regulation, and it has nothing to do with money. It has to do with having a place to send MY kids. If the state keeps sticking it to home daycare providers as a group, there will be fewer and fewer of them until they are all gone - and home day cares are the ONLY option in most of the state. Quit punishing good providers along with the bad! I've known my daycare provider since high school 20+ years ago, and I trust her with my kids' lives on a regular basis with no worries. I'm sick of the state telling me that my own observation and due diligence is not enough when I am making a decision as to where I want to send MY kids.

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