Combatting abuse and neglect in day care centers.
There have been 684 day care investigations this year, and some have been permanently shut down. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services wants to alert parents about a powerful tool they can use to protect their children from potentially dangerous facilities. Parents need to log on to www.txchildcaresearch.org before they decide where to take their children for day care.
They can use the website to find a day care facility. It gives them information like how long the facility has been in business, what kind children they are licensed to care for, and lists all inspections and violations the day care center has received.
"If we found that they violated the standards, it will be available right there on the web site it will say this standard was violated." said Greg Cunningham, Spokesmen for Region 1 Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
Cunningham adds that checking the web site is just the first step.
"I think parents should do their own unannounced visits, go out there walk in and kinda see are the kids happy are they occupied, is it clean, does it smell good. Are the kids laughing and having a good time or are they sitting in the corner doing nothing. That's almost as important as checking out the history."