2012 Leaving Children to Chance Report (Child Care Homes)

Leaving Children to Chance: 2012 Update

Ranking of State Standards and Oversight of Small Family Child Care Homes

Child Care Aware® of America assessed state policies for small family child care homes, where up to six children are cared for in the home of the provider for compensation.

The maximum number of points a state could receive is 150. Sixteen states scored  zero. Of the states that scored points, the average score was 69, which equates to 46 percent - a failing grade in any classroom. Family child care in the United States is characterized by weak state inspection standards, incomplete background checks, weak  training requirements, weak early learning standards and weak basic health and safety standards.

To learn more, download the following materials:

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2012 Leaving Children to Chance: Full Report 

Executive Summary



Conclusion and Recommendations

Individual State Pages

States scoring zero  

Total Scores

One Pager

National Press Release

State Tables on Benchmarks



For individual state pages, see below:

Alabama Idaho Missouri Pennsylvania
Alaska Illinois Montana Rhode Island
Arizona Indiana Nebraska South Carolina
Arkansas Iowa Nevada South Dakota
California Kansas New Hampshire Tennessee
Colorado Kentucky New Jersey Texas
Connecticut Louisiana New Mexico Utah
Delaware Maine New York Vermont
Dept. of Defense  Maryland North Carolina Virginia
District of Columbia  Massachusetts North Dakota Washington
Florida Michigan Ohio West Virginia
Georgia  Minnesota Oklahoma Wisconsin
Hawaii  Mississippi Oregon Wyoming