Extension agents reach out to unlicensed child care providers

Caring for children can be a stressful and difficult job.

But, when a child care provider tries to care for too many children, accidents can happen. According to a study by The Washington Post, about 60 children died in Virginia day care settings between 2004 and 2014. Nearly 75 percent of these deaths occurred at unlicensed homes, where child care providers faced no inspections or background checks.

As a result of these tragic accidents, several new, stricter state laws were passed in Virginia in 2015. As this issue was recognized, Karen DeBord, Virginia Cooperative Extension family and human development specialist, saw a need to reach out to and provide education to unlicensed child care providers.

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