Increased infant deaths spark state effort to stop unlicensed daycares

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Tennessee Attorney General's Office is working with Care.com to stop the advertisement of unlicensed and deceptive daycare facilities in the state, says a letter.

In the letter to Care.com, the AG wrote, "The Tennessee Attorney General’s Office seeks your assistance to stop deceptive
childcare providers advertising on your website."

The letter goes on to explain that Tennessee has experienced an increase in infant deaths. "We believe that many consumers that utilize these unlicensed childcare facilities find them through your organization’s internet service, Care.com," it said.

In 2018, five of six infant deaths occurred in unlicensed facilities and during that time, at least eighteen unlicensed childcare facilities were operating throughout Tennessee.

The letter includes screenshots of care.com advertisements that name one Knoxville daycare called Ecdc which is located at 3817 Probus Rd, and another in Murfreesboro called Brighter Daycare, located at 2111 Golfield Court.

In the state of Tennessee, any individual or company that cares for four or more unrelated children for three or more hours per day must obtain a license from the Tennessee Department of Human Services, the DA's office said.

Only child care centers that pass a rigorous vetting process are approved by DHS.

"Our intention is to stop unlicensed childcare facilities from operating, or at least from attracting new customers, before more infant deaths occur," the letter said."

A representative at the AG's Office said Care.com agreed to proactively prevent unlicensed daycare providers from advertising as licensed agencies.

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