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Obviously I need to follow up myself on many other things, but it’s nice when someone else has already done a lot of the legwork.

 My coworker is back at work today, and her daughter is back at daycare. Yesterday she talked to the Department of Public Health, the CDC, the daycare licensing board (I don’t know what their official name is), and the owner of this particular daycare. Since I’m not admitting that I’m pregnant at work yet I couldn’t really give her the third degree, but I did encourage her usual tendency to ramble on and on. The gist of it is that daycares can do whatever they damn well do or don’t want to, and no one except the licensing board can make them do any differently. DPH and CDC can only make suggestions, and then only if the daycare solicits them. That’s a trifle unnerving. Personally I would like those two agencies to have more teeth, but you work with what you’ve got, I suppose.

 The specific daycare in question has admitted that the second infection probably stemmed from the first, but thinks that it occurred prior to their knowledge of the problem. Apparently the parents of the first child were hiding the diagnosis by claiming it was eczema or similar things. When the director put her foot down and insisted on a doctor’s note with a diagnosis was when it all came to light. They have brought in a contractor who (presumably) has experience in such things to clean out the entire facility, and have instituted new standard protocols for the staff regarding handling infants – effectively acting like they are trying to contain an infection at all times. My coworker was comfortable enough with the situation to leave her daughter this morning. I guess the lady from DPH pointed out that if it was her, she would prefer the devil that she knew: this daycare has had a problem and is making changes to prevent/minimize similar problems in the future. Whereas switch to a new one and you could be going through the same thing again in four months because they haven’t learned those lessons yet. It’s a good point.

Just something else to add to the list of questions to be asked when I interview daycares.  Won't that be fun.



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Apr. 29th, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
The big thing is to ask whether they are accredited. NAEYC Accreditation is the most popular one, here in CT, though there are a few others natioanlly, like NAFCC.

It's a few extra jumps they have to go through to prove they are providing the best service they can. I'd look into the accreditations that are possible (I'm sure they've changed since T6YO was in daycare), what their requirements are and then look into which daycares are accredited by the groups that match your specific concerns the best.

Edited at 2008-04-29 05:22 pm (UTC)
Apr. 29th, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
NAEYC is not going to be happening. The only program that isn't so far away that one of us would literally have to quit our job to make it work (in which case what would be the point...) is Head Start in Bristol. Somehow I don't think they'll buy us as economically disadvantaged...

Same problem with NAFCC. When we live in Burlington and work in East Hartford and Cheshire, a daycare in either Granby or Rocky Hill just isn't going to work.

I'm working on it - we'll figure it out. I'm also going to see how much my Employee Assistance Program can do to help with research.
Apr. 29th, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah. That was a problem when T6YO was a born. I was lucky that her daycare earned one of the accreditations while she was there and I think it earned the second as well during her absence when Mr Man was unemployed.

You might want to add the question "Are you looking towards becoming accredited?" to your list of questions to ask local daycares. It's a long and grueling process and there might be some in your area that are aiming for it but haven't reached it yet.
Apr. 29th, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
Ah - cleeeever. How they answer *that* question will probably say a lot about their philosophy. Consider it added...
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