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Lawmakers propose letter grading system for NYC day cares

Posted: 4:38 AM, Nov 06, 2015
Updated: 2015-11-06 07:37:27-05

THE BRONX – How safe is your child's day care? It may get a little easier to find out.

A report released Thursday looked at nearly 2,300 group day care centers across the city for the past three years.

It's just the tip of the iceberg to a much larger problem: Kids are the ones that are in danger.

The report found more than 18,000 violations across the city since 2013.

Hundreds of day care centers are repeat offenders and still open for business.

State Senator Jeff Klein proposed legislation that would create letter grade system for city day cares, the same as how New York restaurants are graded with signs.

The senator showed video where day care officials repeatedly lied to undercover parents about having a good track record– when in truth they didn't.

What inspired the effort – the death of 3-month-old Karl Towndrow who died in July during his very first day at SoHo Child Care.

The cause of death is still unclear, but the center was unlicensed and no one at the day care had proper medical training to help save little Karl.

Day care inspections can be hard to find online, but they are hard to find.

Everywhere else in the state, day cares are required to post their inspection reports, but New York City under Mayor Bloomberg, took itself out of that bill a few years ago.

The Health Department said it will review this latest proposal, adding that it had closed dozens of unlicensed centers in recent years and just started a new unit this year to specifically address those kinds of safety issues.

Top Violators: 2013-2015