State Child Care Laws Fail to Protect Children

A recent action alert from NACCRRA urges parents to contact their legislatures about weak child care laws and oversight.

State Child Care Laws Fail to Protect Children
New Report Released: Children at Risk

Parents want their children to be safe in child care. But, a recent report by the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) found  that most states have weak child care licensing laws and oversight is even weaker. 

The report, “We Can Do Better: 2011 Update,” scored and ranked the states based on state child care center licensing requirements and oversight.  The average score was 87 (out of a possible score of 150) which equates to a grade of 58 percent – a failing grade in any classroom in America.

The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), the federal law that allocates funds to states for child care, contains no minimum protections for children.  That’s just wrong.  Children in child care need minimum protections.  States set their own child care laws, which vary greatly.  It is time for states to take responsibility to ensure that children in child care are safe.  

The recent fire in a family child care home in Houston, Texas, where four toddlers died and 3 were severely burned serves as a reminder as to how important state licensing requirements and oversight really are in protecting the health and safety of children.

The Texas tragedy should serve as a wake-up call to federal and state policymakers.  The federal law and state laws need to be strengthened.  The lives of children are at stake.

For information on how to take action visit the NACCRRA page at

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