Special report: Day care in Massachusetts

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

A GateHouse News Service special report on day care in Massachusetts, including the high cost parents pay, state oversight and the demand for more pre-Kindergarten programs.

Massachusetts parents entrust about 175,000 children to 10,960 licensed child care providers each work day, assuming that state regulation and oversight will help keep their kids safe and enriched while they earn a living.

But with only 78 state employees directly overseeing child care – a ratio of one inspector to 252 programs – some child care experts say the state doesn’t have enough workers to inspect programs as often as they should.

Links to the complete report can be found in related content at left.