A nationwide survey shows many states are lax in their regulation and oversight of child care centers and Kentucky ranks among the worst.
The lowest marks went to Idaho and Louisiana and the highest to the far-flung system run by the U.S. military. After Idaho and Louisiana, the next most lax states were Nebraska, Kentucky, California and Kansas.
Criteria for the rankings included caseloads for center inspectors, frequency of inspections, health and safety requirements, background checks, staff qualifications and activities offered to children.
An estimated 12 million children under age five are in non-parental child care each week.