Florida is one of 16 states that grants certain freedom from oversight to religious day cares.
The federal government, several state legislatures and local health departments have decided that granting faith-based day cares too much freedom puts children at risk.
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.
She’s been called a crook. A con artist. A snake in the grass. But in Alabama, the only thing that really matters to state regulators is that the day care operator calls herself a Christian.
Four states have carved out exceptions for religious day cares. Here are some of the ways we found children were punished.
Physically punishing children is outlawed in almost all day cares in America. But four states offer an exception for religious providers, and Reveal found that hundreds of those day cares exploited the rules.
Thousands of religious day cares across America legally are allowed to run their facilities with little government oversight. But freedom from regulation can come at a high price for children. And when things go wrong, parents have little recourse.
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.