Families in Alameda and Contra Costa counties now can see detailed state records about their children’s day care facilities online.
The Center for Investigative Reporting has obtained and posted records including official inspections and citations, complaints about the centers and state investigations of those complaints. Last year, CIR began scanning and posting those records about centers located in the Bay Area. We previously made records available for Santa Clara and Napa counties.
While the majority of other states routinely make this information available online, California has failed to do so. That’s left many parents in the dark about the preschools and day care centers that their children attend.
Following our previous reporting, state lawmakers in 2014 passed a bill requiring the California Department of Social Services to post basic information about the day care facilities that it licenses. In June, the department launched its new website, where the public can learn some relevant facts, such as when a facility was last inspected and how many violations it has received over the past five years. Read More > at The Center for Investigative Reporting