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Watch out for unlicensed day cares on Craigslist

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -

Craiglist is a popular place to go when you're looking for used products such as cars or furniture. But is it a good place to find daycare's?

The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) says no, and is warning people about daycare postings on Craigslist.

Craig list is a popular place to go when you're looking for used products such as cars or furniture. But is it a good place to find day cares? The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning say it shouldn't be your first stop.

"Any web site that is advertising childcare is to be taken with a healthy dose of skepticism," said Bobby Cagle, the Commissioner of Georgia DECAL.

News 3 reached out to several of the day cares advertised on Craigslist and only 1 of the 4 day cares had a Georgia daycare license. The other 3 claimed they were in the process of becoming licensed. Cagle warns of unlicensed day cares. 

"If you choose this type care, you're doing so without the monitoring and health and safety assurances that a center licensing by the state would have," said Cagle.

The DECAL recommends you look at their "Quality Rated Programs" listings on their web site, which were released just last week. 

According to DECAL, some other tips include:

  • Confirm that the program is a licensed child care program. Our rules require that the license be posted for public inspection.
  • Do their homework by researching programs on the DECAL web site.
  • Interview the owner/director and meet the teachers.
  • Tour the facility, visiting classrooms with their children to see how they respond in the new environment.
  • Just like in a job interview, ask the provider for references of current and past customers (parents) and get their opinions.
  • In addition to the scheduled interview, make a "pop in" visit to make sure the story they heard in the interview matches up with day-to-day operations.

Ask if the provider has been Quality Rated, which shows they are going above and beyond the basic requirements of health and safety and are truly offering an educational program preparing children for kindergarten and beyond.

The ratings are posted for public inspection at www.qualityrated.org and the DECAL web site www.decal.ga.gov

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