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The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast.
These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or firstname.lastname@example.org) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.
Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
Search results for "licensed daycare centers" ...
Childcare advocates claim that inadequate state laws have made it easy for people with criminal convictions to get licensed to care for children—often with deadly consequences. Their evidence was often anecdotal--ripped from headlines of children dying in the care of someone whose past wasn't revealed until after the child had been harmed. When we looked into the problem we soon discovered that even when a criminal history disqualifies a potential candidate from childcare, states often grant licenses nonetheless. Parents not only aren’t informed of this, but some states actively conceal this information. And we found there are no existing databases that report caregivers’ criminal records or the results of background checks, so we set out to compile our own. The creation of that database then led us to an extensive, year-long data search in five states, from original arrest reports and police narratives to jail records, court records, state licensing files, exemption reports, inspection records and more. These records helped us unravel the many ways people with criminal records were able to get licensed. We then visited several centers and conducted an experiment in one state, submitting applications for childcare background checks for three women--all of them convicted murderers.
The state of Colorado is one of 29 states that does not have a law regarding how close a registered sex offender can live to potential victims, such as day care centers. This lack of a "proximity" law led KDVR to investigate just how many sex offenders - specifically pedophiles - were living near child care facilities. They discovered that of about 4,500 sex offenders in Colorado, 64 percent were within 1,500 feet of a day care facility, with many of that 64 percent being pedophiles. There was one situation where a sex offender was living in the same home as a day care owner, who had their license revoked as a result of the investigation.
KIRO-TV used mapping software to prove that more than 600 registered sex offenders in Washington state are living within one city block of a licensed daycare, a state law violation. The reporters found an entire household of pedophiles living two doors away from a daycare. The state knew of this situation, but kept it a secret. KIRO-TV cameras also captured a known child molester living at the same address as a licensed home daycare facility.
Tags: mapping software; registered sex offenders; licensed daycare centers; Department of Corrections felony database; Washington State Department of Social and Health Services database; Washington State Patrol database of registered sex offenders.
The story exposes the fact that day-care centers responsible for tens of thousands of Ohio children routinely keep their state licenses despite repeated violations of state laws designed to protect children. State inspections of 615 licensed day-care centers in Franklin and surrounding counties found that 59% of day-care centers failed to run a criminal background check on workers, 39% of the centers were understaffed, 22% did not post their state-inspection reports, 51% of the centers had conditions that were unsafe for children, and 56% of the centers hired staff or administrators who were unqualified.
Tags: day-care; criminal background check; Ohio Department of Job and Family Services; violations; Action for Children; Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children; United Way; inspectors; Children's World Learning Center; license revocation
WFMY visits ten elementary schools and two day-care centers to see if just anyone can walk into a building and have access to children. In seven, cases, reporters were granted access to classrooms, hallways and bathrooms. One of the two day-care facilities let a complete stranger pick up a child. The station then worked with the state licensing office to raise awareness for parents and other daycares in the area.
Tags: TAPE Hidden Camera
This ABC News Prime Time Live report revealed that more children under the age of 5 are being cared for by family home providers than by daycare centers or by their own parents.This is an industry that has grown in the past few years, but is virtually unregulated. Statistics indicate that children in home care are at higher risk for neglect and physical abuse than in daycare settings.
Rocky Mountain News (Denver) finds children in day care suffered broken bones, burns and sexual abuses because they were not properly supervised; reveals a third of the state's day-care centers are understaffed; also reveals that some centers have not been inspected for three years because the state licensing staff does not have enough inspectors, June 26 - 28, 1988.