Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich wants a countywide system to rate child care programs.
Antonovich, whose district includes the Crescenta Valley, initiated the county's restaurant and nursing home grading systems and he recently presented a motion to his fellow board members requesting a report on developing something similar for child care operators, according to a news release.
“Parents unknowingly utilize licensed child care homes or day care centers that do not provide quality care,” Antonovich said in a statement. “It is vital that parents have the information necessary to make informed decisions on the facilities and providers charged with caring for their children.”
The move comes not long after shocking allegations were made against a local daycare provider. Roubena Hartounian, owner of Bina's Family Child Care on the 3200 block of Orange Avenue in La Crescenta, was arrested after a toddler that had been in her care allegedly tested positive for marijuana. The facility reportedly had a long list of violations that had been found by state inspectors.
Grading systems with a wide reach help set up consistent standards, making ratings and inspection reports accessible to the public, and encourage better management practices for compliance, according to Antonovich.
Staff of the county's Office of Child Care will bring a feasibility report back to the Board within 45 days.