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  •  Hmm (0+ / 0-)

    Got a link? I have the feeling there is more to this story. This kind of thing (neighbor or family care) happens all the time.

    •  pat - I don't (2+ / 0-)
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      It was just a random TV spot months ago. The take home message was that a lot of informal daycare arrangements violate some state or local rules or regulations, even if no money is exchanged. Few of these arrangements are known or pursued by local agencies, but apparently many technically violate local rules.

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      by VClib on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 08:26:08 AM PDT

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    •  I'm pretty sure vclib is correctly (3+ / 0-)
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      representing it.  it happened in Michigan about two years ago, which should give you enough to Google it.  its consistent with what I found in ny law, too, which was totally insane: if we had more than 4 miss on a "regular" basis, we had to get insurance, inspections, be subject to all sorts of crazy health, safety, and construction rules, etc.  there was actually a NYTimes story recently about black market preschool coops in my old neighborhood, too.  

      •  I remember the story. Flip side, though: (4+ / 0-)
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        I grew up among poor people (my family included) who relied on unregulated "neighbor ladies" to provide child care. Sometimes the care was fabulous-- I think my Aunt Vi was probably a grandmotherly caregiver who minded the children she took in as if they were family.

        Others were... not grandmotherly. One, across the street from my family throughout my high school years, was filthy and overcrowded. I don't know what those kids ate during the day. I know they never went outside into daylight.

        We need a completely different approach to early childhood care in this country. We need affordable community-based childcare centers staffed by trained professionals who know how to handle everything from infection control (very important among young children) to appropriate cognitive stimulation from infancy to early school age.

      •  Here in California it is my understanding that (1+ / 0-)
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        this isn't necessary as long as you are only watching the children of a single family.  Once you start multiples, you must follow the daycare qualifications and inspections.

        "I watch Fox News for my comedy, and Comedy Central for my news." - Facebook Group

        by Sychotic1 on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 02:11:26 PM PDT

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