Daycare Nightmares

In response to growing demand, the number of daycare facilities in Missouri is increasing each year. So are the problems.

Iveson predicts that any proposals for further regulations will meet with much resistance: "We have a huge reluctance here in Missouri to require any more regulation that we already do. 'It's the government interfering in our lives. It's Big Brother.' That was one of the arguments against the caregiver screenings. It's 'You're trying to regulate Grandma.' The reality is that some of the grandmas out there caring for kids are not really people you'd want."

And Missouri, as yet, hasn't experienced the sort of widely publicized child-care tragedies that occurred last summer in Tennessee, when the two children died on a single day, drawing intense attention and demands for change.

Corinne Patton, coordinator of the public-awareness campaign for the Missouri Child Care Resource and Referral Network: "There is a lot going on in child care right now; we are getting more attention than ever before. Some of that close scrutiny is going to point out what is not OK."
Corinne Patton, coordinator of the public-awareness campaign for the Missouri Child Care Resource and Referral Network: "There is a lot going on in child care right now; we are getting more attention than ever before. Some of that close scrutiny is going to point out what is not OK."
Corinne Patton, coordinator of the public-awareness campaign for the Missouri Child Care Resource and Referral Network: "There is a lot going on in child care right now; we are getting more attention than ever before. Some of that close scrutiny is going to point out what is not OK."
Jennifer Silverberg
Corinne Patton, coordinator of the public-awareness campaign for the Missouri Child Care Resource and Referral Network: "There is a lot going on in child care right now; we are getting more attention than ever before. Some of that close scrutiny is going to point out what is not OK."

"We have yet to have a huge public outcry," Iveson says.

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