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.

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

Special report: Asleep at day care and in deadly peril

More Minnesota children are dying in day care, mostly at in-home providers.
Gragert’s son Sylar, 3, played by Alexander’s grave. The baby was 7 weeks old when he died. In the striped shirt is Stanoch’s daughter, Sydnee,

Overcrowded day cares in state are 'a recipe for disaster'

May 22, 2012
When care providers take too many children, dangers multiply. Several sites of child-care deaths had been cited for capacity violations.
Lori Yalartai had concerns about her children’s care at Arena Early Learning Center, but assumed it had the state’s seal of approval.

'Immediate' closing of Brooklyn Center day care took 5 years

May 5, 2012
State officials vow to take swifter action against centers that consistently disregard safety rules.

Lack of child-care records puts Minnesota kids at risk

May 30, 2012
Minnesota lags in posting data on licensing problems, safety violations.

Parents often turn blind eye to faulty home day care

August 26, 2012
Loyalty, few options cited for tolerating iffy conditions.

Panel urges child-care safety fixes

September 7, 2012
Recommendations include giving providers better training to protect sleeping infants.

State orders troubled Deqo daycare centers shut down

July 1, 2013
The state has ordered a day care company operating in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Apple Valley to shut down after regulators discovered chronic safety violations and a scheme to falsify training records.

Feds call for better child-care safety rules

May 17, 2013
Changes, prompted by accounts of day-care deaths, target 500,000 providers who get federal aid.

Hastings day-care provider's licensed revoked after infant's death

May 2, 2013
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.

Child care proposal focuses on training, safe sleep

April 24, 2013
But legislation lacks key recommendations from state infant mortality panel.

Fewer children dying in Minnesota day cares

April 4, 2013
Decline reverses an "alarming trend" that had gone undetected by Minnesota regulators for years.

Child care proposal focuses on training, safe sleep

April 24, 2013
But legislation lacks key recommendations from state infant mortality panel.

Sexual abusers in day cares are often other kids

October 22, 2012
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.

Home day cares present extra set of challenges

October 22, 2012
More than 700 home daycares have been shut down since 2002 for violations ranging from drinking to domestic violence.

Pushed by grieving parents, Kansas makes sweeping reforms

September 17, 2012
Kansas confronted child-care safety lapses five years ago and now receives national accolades from child advocates. It could hold a lesson for Minnesota and other states.

Day-care provider faces felony charge in baby's death

July 12, 2012
An Eagan day-care provider faces a manslaughter count after 3-month-old suffocated while taking nap.

Minnesota shuts down 2 child-care providers

June 23, 2012
Infants died at homes where safe-sleep rules weren't followed.

Boy's death at Coon Rapids day care blamed on rare heart disease

March 23, 2012
The 8-month-old boy died at a Coon Rapids home day care.

State closes troubled Brooklyn Center day-care center

February 2, 2012
Risk of harm to children cited as reason for closing Arena Early Learning Center. The rare step reflected imminent dangers, officials said.