State rankings

  • Updated: May 19, 2012 - 5:29 PM

STATE RANKINGS

Minnesota ranked 17th among the states in a recent national report on child-care safety and quality standards.

Its strengths

• Providers are required to undergo criminal background checks.

• Inspections are conducted unannounced.

• State safety rules address 9 of 10 recommended national guidelines, including home sanitation, electrical hazards and crib safety.

Its weaknesses

• A high number of children and infants are allowed for each provider.

• There is no requirement that providers have a high school diploma or GED.

• Licensing inspectors have heavy caseloads.

 

Top-ranked states -- including Oklahoma, Washington and Kansas -- require more thorough background checks on providers and staff; make inspections more often; require more training; and allow fewer toddlers and infants in care when older children are present.

The report was by Child Care Aware of America, a national nonprofit.

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