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August 21, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Three Delaware day-care workers are accused of urging two 3-year-old toddlers to fight each other while the adults egged them on -- and videotaped it, police said. "No pinching, only punching," one of the adults allegedly coaches the children. It's the story that is setting the Internet on fire Tuesday, along with "toddler fight club" headlines. The employees of Hands of Our Future day-care were arrested Monday after police viewed "the cellphone video of an incident that occurred in March of 2012 where the three female employees watched and encouraged two 3-year-olds to fight each other while at the day-care," according  to a Dover Police Department statement posted online.
March 27, 2013 | By Alene Tchekmedyian
A Burbank daycare owner and her employee pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that an 11-month-old boy in their care died last year after allegedly suffocating from a car seat chest strap, officials said. Milena Nikodijevic, 51, owner of Twinkle Little Stars in Burbank, and her employee, Wendy Oropeza, 21, were charged with involuntary manslaughter and child abuse after the 11-month-old - identified by prosecutors only as Adam D. - died last year under their care, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
March 8, 1987
The demand for high-quality day care is increasing, with more than 8 million mothers of children under age 6 in the work force. The issue of caring for sick children who attend day care presents problems for parents, day care facilities and communities. Some programs allow children with mild illnesses to attend day care, but others do not--some because of lack of staff to give the sick child extra care, others because of concerns about infections. Thus the dilemma: What should working parents do when their child becomes ill?
September 29, 1985
I congratulate The Times on the series of articles exploring day care centers, their promise and pitfalls. As the only candidate for City Council actively calling for a program to end child molestation, abuse and neglect in San Diego, I'm glad your paper brought to light some of the mysteries of this industry. Child molestation, abuse and neglect cases have increased by 10% in the last year alone in San Diego. I hope your coverage will help put a stop to these heinous crimes. ROBERT D. SWITZER San Diego
December 4, 1987
Kenneth Reich's article "Severe Lack of Home Day-Care Insurance Told" (Part I, Nov. 10) shows the insurance industry's lack of willingness to look at the real problem facing home child-care providers seeking to purchase liability insurance: availability. The lack of liability insurance for home day-care providers has forced many providers to close their doors. Closure of home day-care centers compounds the already severe child-care space shortage facing California. Our state has 1.4 million children in need of some day care, yet there are only 617,000 slots available.
June 3, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A gunman shot in the head by police after holding 25 children and three adults hostage at a day care center in Wasserbillig, Luxembourg, was recovering in the hospital. Police identified the suspect as Neji Bejaoui, 39, a Tunisian who has been living in Luxembourg since 1982. The 28-hour ordeal ended late Thursday when police lured the gunman outside on the pretext of a media interview. They fired two shots and hit him once in the head with a gun apparently concealed in a TV camera.
April 15, 1997
Re "Day Care? Ask Moms and Save $45 Million," Column Right, April 8: This liberal was in danger of entirely agreeing with Arianna Huffington. I applaud Huffington for exposing bureaucrats who wasted millions of tax dollars on a worthless child care survey. But then, she let loose with an obtuse aside about a church in Arkansas that ended its day care service. The 27 working moms affected by the shutdown, Huffington huffed, chose to seek other day care facilities rather than quit their jobs.
May 13, 2010 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
Since its inception in 1991, the largest and longest-running study of American child-care has generated plenty of controversial — and to many working parents, infuriating — conclusions about the effects on kids of early care outside the family. The latest findings of the federally funded Early Child Care Research Network are certain to be no exception. At age 15, according to a study being published Friday in the journal Child Development, those who spent long hours in day care as preschoolers are more impulsive and more prone to take risks than are teens whose toddler years were spent largely at home.
Debra Harris, a single mother, used to drop her kids at Pumpkin Patch Child Development Center in working-class Avenel every morning at 7 in a weathered Ford Escort. She popped buttered bagels in the center's microwave for their breakfasts before heading to Jersey City, where she was a school occupational therapist. A bus took Whitney, 9, and Frankie, 7, to school and brought them back at day's end to Pumpkin Patch, which they complained was cramped and a bit boring.
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