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Child Care Aware® of America Executive Director Lynette Fraga, Parent Leader Elly Lafkin Featured on NBC’s “Weekend Today”

August 4, 2013

Arlington, VA -- Child Care Aware® of America Executive Director Lynette M. Fraga, Ph.D., and parent leader Elly Lafkin and her husband, Cameron, were featured in a “Weekend Today” segment on Saturday about the need for tighter home child care regulations. Watch the segment.

The Lafkins’ 13-week-old daughter, Camden, died in May 2012 at an unlicensed, unregulated, but legal family child care program near their Shenandoah, Va., home. The couple now strongly advocates for comprehensive background checks, including fingerprint checks against state and federal records, for all child care providers to ensure that no family has to suffer a similar tragedy.

“Virginia doesn’t protect its children and educate its parents,” Elly Lafkin told NBC correspondent Janet Shamlian during the segment. “I need to know there are parents out there seeing this.”

Only 11 states require comprehensive background checks for family child care providers, according to Child Care Aware® of America’s 2012 report, Leaving Children to Chance.

“We need quality licensing and standards across the country,” said Fraga during the segment. “It doesn’t exist.”