The Day-Care Threat

  • The number of children dying in Minnesota's licensed child-care facilities has risen sharply in the past five years, from incidents that include asphyxia, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and unexplained causes.

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A window view Friday at Deqo Early Childhood Learning Center in Apple Valley.

  • Check your child care provider’s licensing history

    Article By: GLENN HOWATT and DAVE BRAUNGER , Publish October 11, 2012 2:00 AM / Update August 21, 2013 10:40 AM

    UPDATED 8/2/2013 - To see if your child care provider has been sanctioned by the State of Minnesota, use the alphabetical list below. It includes family, or in-home, providers but not child care centers. Providers who have not been sanctioned by the state are not listed here. The state actions listed below are the most serious measures Minnesota regulators can take, but they do not include correction orders and licensing reports issued by county inspectors. Parents who want a more complete history should contact their county licensing office. Here is a link to contact numbers for each county agency.

House on Gorman St. in West St. Paul that is the location of a daycar...

This day-care crib won’t be allowed by law next year. Dianne Echohawk, left, is a provider. Kathy Griffin is an inspector.

Alexander Gragert's grave

Minnesota has some of the leanest training requirements in the nation for in-home child care, according to a Star Tribune review of licensing data.

Beverly Anne Greenagel

At the St Vincent de Paul Cemetery in Osseo, Serena Gragert lost her...

Alexander's grave

Robert Fletcher visited his son’s grave. Blake, bottom left, died sleeping facedown in a day-care playpen.

Lori Yalartai had two children at the Arena child care center before i...

Arena Early Learning Center was closed by the state in January. State officials say children there were at risk of “sudden death.”

The doors were locked at the Arena Early Learning Center in Brooklyn C...


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