Magazine article Policy & Practice

Tennessee to Increase Inspections of Child Care Transportation Providers

Magazine article Policy & Practice

Tennessee to Increase Inspections of Child Care Transportation Providers

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Child care providers across Tennessee who transport children are facing increased inspections again this summer. The Tennessee Department of Human Services is cracking down with extra monitoring visits, and even surveillance, to ensure that the state's comprehensive transportation rules are being followed.

Providers are being notified this week to be extra vigilant to keep their children safe during the hot summer months, or face the consequences. Those caught breaking the rules face a range of penalties, from being put on notice, probation or even suspension of their transportation operation.

Children can suffer severe effects after only a few moments inside a closed vehicle during hot, summer weather. Temperatures inside a closed vehicle climb quickly, rising to more than 107 degrees within minutes. Children exposed to such extreme heat can suffer heatstroke, brain damage and death. Two children have died already this year in sweltering day care vehicles--one in Wisconsin and a second in North Carolina. …

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