- Category: News
20 Jul 2006
- Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
If the families who utilize tax-funded day care centers were not primarily poor people, our current system would have been dumped long ago... Dear Editor:
If the families who utilize tax-funded day care centers were not primarily poor people, our current system would have been dumped long ago.
This thing of contracting out day care to people who either have no earthly idea about what they’re doing or are more concerned about profits than with safety is not only stupid, it ought to be declared criminal.
How can the state even consider allowing one of these operations to stay in business once they are found to be in violation of rules and procedures that could result in a child being harmed or found dead? No amount of fines or suspensions can justify that.
What should happen is that the State of Tennessee should be held liable, charged with criminal neglect, and made to pay dearly when a child is injured or dies at a center that has been previously found guilty of such violations.
As I said though, it’s about poor people. The state only acts with any semblance of real responsibly when a child dies. The state should set specific criteria as to what qualifications each person in each position should have (including the owners) and how much they should be paid. They should monitor the centers closely and if a day care center operator hires someone they shouldn’t, they should be closed up permanently and never be allowed to operate under any circumstances. And I’m willing to bet if the children were from anything other than from poor families, this would be the situation.