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Feds: CT needs more day care inspectors, more frequent inspections

This is a photo of a fuse box located in a classroom, accessible to children, at a day care center that had been inspected by the state before a visit by a federal reviewer.

Federal reviewers visited state-inspected day care centers and found violations including a fuse box accessible to children; a first-aid kit, shaving cream and hair gel within reach of children; and exposed wiring in a gazebo used by youngsters. In one case, federal reviewers visited a day care center that had been inspected the month before, but still uncovered 11 potentially hazardous conditions and five playground safety problems. Continue Reading →

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Why some child care programs in CT close

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. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut’s early education plan gets a C, no federal funds

The U.S. Department of Education has rejected Connecticut’s request for $37.5 million in Race to the Top funds aimed at overhauling day care centers and preschools by attempting to ensure they are safe and providing educational value. “The State does not present a High Quality Plan to improve the effectiveness and retention of Early Childhood Educators who work with Children with High Needs, with the goal of improving child outcomes,” one of the three federal judges who graded Connecticut’s application said. Over the past two years, 20 other states have won a combined more than $1 billion in federal money to fund early education reforms. This was Connecticut’s second bid for money to improve early child care programs and its fourth failed attempt to land Race to the Top money. “It’s a competition,” said Myra Jones Taylor, the executive director of the state’s Office of Early Childhood. “There was always the one guarantee that not everyone would be funded.”

Included in the state’s lengthy application was the “highest priority” to reform the Care 4 Kids program, in which the state subsidizes child care costs for low-income families so parents can work. Continue Reading →

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Safety violations found at all 20 home day care centers audited in CT, federal report says

When parents search for day care, many trust that because a center or a home is licensed by the state, it must be safe. But a federal audit of 20 home day care providers in Connecticut tells a different story. “We determined that all 20 of the providers that we reviewed did not comply with one or more state licensing requirements to ensure the health and safety of children,” Deputy Inspector General Gloria L. Jarmon, of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, reported Tuesday. The problems cited at the home day care centers — in Bridgeport, East Hartford, Hartford, New Britain, New Haven, Waterbury, Windsor and Windsor Locks — included dog droppings in the outdoor play area at several homes to dead insects lying near dining areas. One center provided just two toys for its children play with. Continue Reading →

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