Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Resource: Trustline.Org and Child Care

California has a good tool for parents who want to screen child care providers -

What is TrustLine?

TrustLine is California's registry of in-home child care providers, tutors and in-home counselors who have passed a background screening. It was created by the California Legislature in 1987 and is a powerful resource for parents hiring a nanny or baby-sitter. All caregivers listed with TrustLine have been cleared through a fingerprint check of records at the California Department of Justice. This means they have no disqualifying criminal convictions or substantiated child abuse reports in California. TrustLine is administered by the California Department of Social Services and the non-profit Child Care Resource and Referral Network. It is endorsed by the California Academy of Pediatrics.

However, you still need to ensure that anyone who cares for your child is aware of the vulnerability of young children to shaking and inflicted head injuries, and has a coping plan for those inevitable moments of frustration and anger.

Ask them to make that commitment and let them know it's OK to call you.

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