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.
In this episode of Reveal, we explore the tricky territory of religious freedom and how different groups have exploited this loophole across the U.S.
Most day care facilities are regulated by state agencies. But some states exempt religious day cares from the rules.