Study: Many Mass. Day Care Centers Deficient

BOSTON (CBS/AP) — A study has found that about one-third of the state’s child care centers that serve low-income communities have serious deficiencies.

The survey of 182 day care centers by the Children’s Investment Fund found unsafe play equipment, lack space for active indoor play and poor ventilation that can make children drowsy.

Other problems include poor acoustics that make conversation between teachers and children difficult and facilities that are too hot in summer and too cold in winter.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karen Twomey reports.

Mav Pardee, the investment fund director for the organization, told WBZ NewsRadi0 1030 said the survey matters because this is the beginning for lots of children.

“The reason we did the study was to get a sense of what are the condition of the facility where those programs are taking place, because that’s the setting where education takes place,” said Pardee.

It’s especially important since many low-income children spend most of their time at a care center.

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  • jpla

    I am sad to hear this story. I have worked in daycare for over 15 years and hate when stories like this make it look like it is the daycares fault. Has anyone looked into why this is? You should try looking into how the state regulates the centers, how overloaded the licensers are and how the new regulations put out by the EEC make it very hard for daycare centers to even stay open.

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