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7/30/02 - East Texas

A New Tool Emerges In The Fight To Keep Your Children Safe

Leigh Tipton has been searching for months to find a good daycare for her son Alec, "You want to find a place that's clean, where the children are happy."

And not limited to just child's play, "Are the toys are age appropriate?" One of the many questions Leigh says is important to know but often times can't be seen from the surface.

What could be a grueling search, just became easier thanks to a state website, www.txchildcaresearch.org

It's an online database that shows the results from a daycare's most recent state inspections. If there's a problem, it's there. Rhonda Ralson runs a violation free daycare at New Generations of Whitehouse. She says the website is a tell all for parents, "I think they kinda know what to look for because they've gone down the list and see what people have been cited for."

What ends up on the website comes straight from a checklist of an inspector, like Mary Anne Beauregard. It's her job to look for the problems, "I look at how many children are to the teacher and if those ratios are met," she explains. "If they're our of ratio--we would site it."

Beauregard also checks for safety hazards: are their enough fire extinguishers? Are the outlets childproof? Is snack time up to nutritional standards? and, do the toys meet the grade? Just a few standards that make all the difference to parents.

If you'd like to check out the childcare center inspection website, go to "The Know more 7" icon of the KLTV.COM

If a center has any violations, the website will update just as soon as the daycare takes care of those violations. Each violation has to be cleared in a timely fashion.

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