Day-Care Threat series
Care providers brace for an indiscriminate crackdown as the state weighs tougher rules. Updated Dec. 9, 2012
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.
An infant in a Hastings, Minn., home day-care died after the day-care provider couldn't get the baby boy to fall asleep in a crib, and instead put her on her stomach on a blanket on the carpeted floor, according to a Minnesota Department of Human Services report on the Jan. 25 death.
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.
But legislation lacks key recommendations from state infant mortality panel.
House on Gorman St. in West St. Paul that is the location of a daycar...
More than 65 children have been sexually abused in Minnesota child-care facilities since 2007 in cases often linked to supervision failures by in-home providers.
More than 700 home daycares have been shut down since 2002 for violations ranging from drinking to domestic violence.
This day-care crib won’t be allowed by law next year. Dianne Echohawk, left, is a provider. Kathy Griffin is an inspector.
Results could hold lessons for Minnesota, other states.
Alexander Gragert's grave
A Farmington day-care provider has admitted infant was sleeping on bed, not in crib. Negligence should not be assumed, her lawyer said.
Loyalty, few options cited for tolerating iffy conditions.
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
An Eagan day-care provider faces a manslaughter count after 3-month-old suffocated while taking a nap.
State regulators question why it took Stearns County a week to notify them of a toddler's death.
The suspension in Stearns County came after a boy died, the year's seventh death at an in-home child-care center in Minnesota.
At the St Vincent de Paul Cemetery in Osseo, Serena Gragert lost her...
Minnesota lags in posting data on licensing problems, safety violations.
When care providers take too many children, dangers multiply. Several sites of child-care deaths had been cited for capacity violations.
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...
State officials vow to take swifter action against centers that consistently disregard safety rules.
Fatalities are concentrated in home-based providers. Officials are trying to find out why.
The 8-month-old boy died at a Coon Rapids home day care.
Arena Early Learning Center was closed by the state in January. State officials say children there were at risk of “sudden death.”
Brooklyn Center facility serving 88 children had scores of violations before the state shut it down.
The doors were locked at the Arena Early Learning Center in Brooklyn C...
Risk of harm to children cited as reason for closing Brooklyn Center facility. The rare step reflected imminent dangers, officials said.
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