Did you know that you may be sending your child to a daycare that has little or no state regulation? In particular, if your child attends a child care program that is sponsored by a religious institution or is only open on a part time basis, the state may not regulate it at all. This is frightening to think about as a parent who relies on daycare centers to be properly regulated and controlled. While daycare abuse isn’t something that happens at all daycare centers, it is something that cannot be tolerated and must be monitored.
Daycare Injury Statistics
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, at least six out of ten – nearly 13 million – infants, toddlers and preschool children are enrolled in daycare. These centers are supposed to be providing substitute care for your children, but sadly we find that sometimes they may cause more harm than good.
- According to the CPSC, approximately 31,000 children under age 4 are treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms for injuries at child care settings on average.
- 8% of the child care settings had cribs that did not meet current safety standards.
- 24% of the child care settings did not have safe playground surfacing.
- 13% of the child care settings did not use child safety gates where necessary.
- 26% of the child care settings had loops on the window blind cords.
- 5% of the child care settings had products that had been recalled by CPSC.
Questions to Ask Your Daycare Provider
Are children supervised at all times including while sleeping?
Do the materials and product used adhere to current safety standards?
Is the playground equipment checked for safety compliance regularly?
Do signs and teachers promote a positive environment?
Does the staff have current first aid and CPR training?
Contact an Experienced Child Injury Attorney
At Thomas J. Henry, we have the experience and resources to handle your child’s case. If your child has been the victim of a serious injury, contact our offices. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.
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