Do homework before choosing daycare

by Larry Lemmons
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - You could be putting your child at risk if you're employing an unlicensed day care operator.

This year 11 Texas children have died in illegal care, including one in Amarillo.  That's according to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

For many working parents, the day care operator spends more time with the kids than the parents.  That's why the agency says it's vital that the person caring for your child has had a background check and a criminal history check and training.

Greg Cunningham, spokesman for the agency says, "Things such as CPR, first aid, proper disciplinary techniques, things of that nature. The administrators of the day care have even higher training standards. They go through even more. And what we're trying to do is to create an environment, a facility, where people know how to safely care for kids. Because in the end that's what it's all about."

It only costs $20 to become a licensed day care operator, and with that comes state supervision and training.

The agency advises parents to do their homework before choosing a day care option.  You can check listed day care operations at www.txchildcaresearch.org.