Hundreds of day care and child care centers closed throughout 2013, mainly because the business was not profitable.
Childcare 2-1-1 reports that of those who closed, 14 percent of those surveyed say they closed because they faced the possibility of the state Department of Public Health taking away their license.
Licensing through the DPH is meant to ensure that children in child care programs are safe. However, a recent federal audit found that licensed programs still have safety issues, in part, because of infrequent inspections. Some centers whose licenses had recently been renewed were still found by federal auditors to be unsafe. The governor has proposed a bill that aims to tackle this issue by requiring day care centers to be inspected annually rather than once every three years.
See the other reasons the 510 child care programs closed last year by clicking here.