How are Family Day Care Centers Regulated in the State of Pennsylvania? What if a Child is Injured in a Pennsylvania Day Care Center?
By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
In Pennsylvania and other States, there are different kinds of day care centers that range from commercial day care centers to religious affiliated day care centers to small in home family day care centers. While each facility or day care center should provide the same basic supervision of children, the various types of day care centers are often times subject to different rules, regulations, and laws. CBS Channel 3 - The I Team - posted an informative article / video about the dangers and issues of Pennsylvania Family Day Care Centers. Here is a link for the article - I-Team - Who's Watching Out for Your Kids?
It was reported that there are approximately 800 family day care centers alone in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania law allows a person to care for up to 6 children in these type of day care centers. There is no mandatory inspection prior to opening or thereafter. They are called family day care homes. The I Team investigation revealed that just 10 % of these family day care homes were subject to an inspection. That means that a whopping 90 % have not been inspected. While many such family day care homes provide excellent care for children, there are some that operate unsafely and put the health, safety, and well-being of children at risk.
The I Team did provide some helpful links in its story as follows:
When a child is injured in a day care center, a parent is often faced with many challenges including medical care, medical bills, lost wages, and the overall stress of having a child injured due to the neglect or neglgience of the day care center. The book titled - The ABCs of Child Injury - Legal Rights of the Injured Child - What Every Parent Knows - has chapters on Day Care Center Injuries, School Injuries, Medical Treatment and Insurance, and other topics. You can get this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.