Honey, We're Cheating The Kids

When Devon Gustafson needed child care for her infant son so she could go back to work, she was disgusted by what she saw. At the home of one family day-care provider, Gustafson, a Metuchen (N.J.) banker servicing mortgages, found a swimming pool with no safety gate. Another left a container of bleach out in the playroom. At a church-run center, Gustafson saw a crying toddler being placed on a pile of rocks--and ignored. "What do you do, except quit and raise them yourself?" says Gustafson. "For a lot of us, that's just not feasible."

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