Concerns for unregistered in-home child care providers
For many parents, the thought of sending your child to daycare can be stressful. But what can be even more difficult is finding quality daycare at an affordable price.
With well over 100 child care providers to choose from, in Sioux Falls, it's safe to say it's important to do your homework.
Making sure your provider is registered with the city should be a priority. More and more, inspectors are discovering unregistered providers going under the radar offering cheaper prices and getting away with it.
"It's not that we're angry business is getting taken away from us... .We're worried about the quality of care kids are receiving," in-home provider Katrina Heisinger said.
Katrina Heisinger isn't the only one concerned about unregistered care for kiddos.
"I had a parent here who had an experience with an unlicensed daycare. It was frustrating for them because they find out things aren't safe, they were lied to," in-home provider Deanna Schwarting said.
It's not only important for parents, she says, but for kids' safety.
"It's the little things. Are the outlets all covered? Are we properly sanitizing toys, diaper changing areas, things like that. Do parents know that?" Heisinger said.
City health inspectors are after those violating city law. Some of those violators may post ads on public places like Facebook and Craigslist.
They say they can't do it alone so they're asking for the public's help in seeing any signs of unregistered day care.
"I've seen one provider for $65 a week per kid. That would hurt all of us. It's an easy way for people to make money but they didn't go through the steps we went through," Schwarting said.
"Just because prices are cheap doesn't mean you're getting quality care," Heisinger said. "When my kids were in daycare, I would rather pay more knowing they're safe."
For more information about registered care providers or checking the status of your provider, visit the City of Sioux Falls' Health Department web page, or call 2-1-1:
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