Commentary: Clinton's Child Care Conference: Just Chatter?

In March, acting on a tip, county inspectors visited the Milwaukee home of Dana Jones. As an unlicensed child-care provider, Jones was allowed by state law to look after three kids under age 7. Yet the inspectors that day found at least 34 children, some playing outside, some in sleeping bags, and four babies unsupervised. One child was lying beneath a sink, apparently for punishment. Remarkably, though, Jones's operation, first exposed in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, wasn't shut down. In fact, she regained county certification within four months.

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