WA second in nation for home childcare oversight

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SEATTLE (AP) -- A national child care organization says Washington state is one of the best states in the nation for overseeing in-home child care.

The National Association of Child Care Resources and Referral Agencies says Washington is one of only nine states that run a comprehensive background check on the people who run home child care centers. Washington checks child care providers against a sex offender registry and does fingerprint checks.

Washington is also one of only seven states in the top 10 for both oversight and program standards. The organization gave Washington state a No. 2 ranking overall, just behind Oklahoma.

Sixteen states scored zero points out of 150 because they do not regulate family home child care or do not inspect before licensing.

Washington started regulating child care providers in the 1960s after three children died in a fire in a family home child care.

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Leaving Children to Chance: http://www.naccrra.org/node/2215