Kamden Johnson hopped into a van at Community Church Ministries in Mobile. Hours later, the 5-year-old’s body was found dumped in a driveway.
A growing online petition calls for the end of “The God Loophole,” the patchwork of laws around the country that exempt faith-based day cares from licensing rules designed to protect children.
Florida is one of 16 states that grants certain freedom from oversight to religious day cares.
An Alabama lawmaker has introduced a bill to license the more than 900 religious day cares in the state that currently operate without almost no government oversight.
For the first time in the state’s history, an Alabama lawmaker is introducing a bill to overturn the state’s religious exemption for faith-based day cares.
With the help of NBC Bay Area and Stanford University journalism students, Reveal has expanded its online child care database – which already includes records for Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa and Napa counties – with data for San Mateo County.
Ten day care centers in California have racked up more than two dozen serious violations in the past five years, but all still are licensed and operating. And the state doesn’t tell parents about the problems.
Twenty-nine states provide access to information from child care inspection and complaint records online. Another nine have online access to limited information or for a limited group of facilities. In the remaining states, including in California, the public can’t get details about inspection findings online.