Connecticut child-care facilities had a noncompliance rate greater than 10 percent on seven of 13 state requirements, state regulators found during unannounced visits, according to an analysis published in this month’s American Journal of Public Health.
Playground safety posed the biggest problem, with nearly half the centers failing to meet standards, the report says. Indoor safety and health violations were also documented. For example, plastic bags, balloons, and Styrofoam were within reach of young children, and rules for diaper changing were not always followed, the study says.
The visits to 676 child-care centers, or 41 percent of those operating at the time, took place from 2006 to 2008.
A version of this article appeared in the October 09, 2013 edition of Education Week as Regulators Find Deficiencies at Conn. Child-Care Centers