Complaints, citations, inspection histories – parents have the right to know what state regulators know about preschools and day care centers. While most states make information from inspection records and complaint reports available online, others only release partial data.

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.

The Center for Investigative Reporting compiled this information using Child Care Aware of America’s 2013 report, “We Can Do Better,” and information from state regulators. If something changes in your state that we should know about, email our reporter, Katharine Mieszkowski: kmieszkowski@cironline.org.

Jennifer LaFleur

Jennifer LaFleur worked at The Center for Investigative Reporting until September, 2017. Jennifer LaFleur is senior editor for data journalism for Reveal. Previously, she was the director of computer-assisted reporting at ProPublica and has held similar roles at The Dallas Morning News, the San Jose Mercury News and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first training director for Investigative Reporters and Editors. She has won awards for her coverage of disability, legal and open government issues. LaFleur is based in Reveal’s Emeryville, California, office.

Katharine Mieszkowski

Katharine Mieszkowski is a senior reporter and producer for Reveal. She's also been a senior writer for Salon and Fast Company. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, Slate and on NPR's "All Things Considered."

Her coverage has won national awards, including the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award two years in a row, an Online News Association Award, a Webby Award and a Society of Environmental Journalists Award. Mieszkowski has a bachelor's degree from Yale University. She is based in Reveal's Emeryville, California, office.

Aaron Williams is a news applications developer for Reveal, focusing on front-end development, data analysis and data visualization. He previously served as a web producer for the Los Angeles Times and received a bachelor's degree in journalism from San Francisco State University. Williams is based in Reveal's Emeryville, California, office.