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Children at high risk of serious personal injury and even death in many New York day care centers

Kids_at_daycareIn New York City, too many kids are seriously injured or even die every year because their day caregivers ignore safety regulations and break laws according to a special investigation that is being published Today in the New York Daily News. The newspaper investigated the 11,513 licensed day care centers in the city and found that “The New York City day care system is plagued with terrifying overcrowding and lack of oversight, putting the lives of children across the city in danger.” Over the last 3 years, five children died, 8 suffered serious personal injury in New York day care centers. Additionally 9 kids were reported lost while under the supervision of day care staff.  Adding to the danger are  also the increasing number of illegal day care centers which are operating out of apartments and houses without any license.

According to New York State Law a caregiver can not take care more than 6 children. However because care givers are paid by child most of them ignore this rule and put money ahead of child safety.  Hundreds of complaints related to overcrowding are being filed every year.  Kids don’t have enough space to sleep. They are getting injured because they are not proprely supervised or get lost in parks and play grounds.

According to the investigation, even though the number of negligent day care centers that are being shut down by the city nearly tripled between 2011 and 2015, some day care centers that previously committed gross negligence are still in operation. For example Kathy’s Day Care in Elmhurst, Queens had a special needs child leave the facility without being noticed. The child was found wandering in the middle of Junction Boulevard by a car driver who luckily was able to break in time to avoid hitting him. Kathy received a citation but still continues to operate. Would you feel comfortable leaving your child there?

To help parents do their homework and make sure they are choosing a safe day care enter for their children, the NY Daily News created an interactive map of the 11,513 licensed centers in NYC. Parents can check possible violations by day care center or by neighborhood.

Read the complete investigation here