Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Worst provider nominee: running over the kids with an SUV

An unlicensed after-school child care center in Cupertino was closed by CCL in October when one of the teachers, who picked up kids at their elementary school, ran over and killed a 5-year-old boy, the only child of older parents, while leaving the center after dropping him of, on her way to take another kid home. I didn't hear about it at the time. Today's news story is that the teacher has been charged with vehicular manslaughter, which the article says is a misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of one year, and transporting a kid without a car seat.

This has so many things wrong with it. Unlicensed commercial child care. Child care providers who drive kids around without car seats. Not making sure the kids who get out of the car were out of the way before driving off. After it happened, going first inside to talk with the boss "for several minutes" rather than to the kid lying on the ground.

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