Tag Archives: Childcare/Daycare Providers

Day care providers jailed on charges tied to baby’s death

Three caregivers indicted on felony charges last month after a baby died at their unlicensed Hood River day care are all now in jail. Rochelle Jones, 51, and her wife, Debra Jones, 61, were booked into the regional jail Sunday. Debra Jones’ sister Donna Pilcher, 63, has been in the jail for a week. Source: Day […]
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Three indicted in baby’s death at illegal daycare; state worker indicted in related case 

Hood River police are looking for two women,  Rochelle Jones, 53, and Debra Jones, 63, who investigators say helped run an illegal daycare where a 4-month-old boy was found dead in May. Another woman, 63-year-old Donna Pilcher, is under arrest in the case. Authorities say the women also ran a previous daycare that was shut […]
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State knew children were drugged at Oregon day care where baby died

A state investigator concluded in 2016 there was reason to believe complaints of neglect against a Hood River day care provider who is now charged with second-degree manslaughter. Source: State knew children were drugged at Oregon day care where baby died

Baby died at illegal day care tolerated by state; workers criminally charged

An infant boy remembered for his bright blue eyes died at a Hood River day care that state regulators allowed to operate illegally for months. A child care regulator, a day care operator with whom she was friends and two other women were quietly indicted last month on criminal charges arising from the May 15 […]
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Oregon paying ‘undocumented individuals’ for childcare, investigator claims

A state fraud investigator is alleging that the state of Oregon may have violated federal law by paying 79 “undocumented individuals” to provide day care for low-income families. Ryan Cram, who has worked as a criminal fraud investigator for five years, sent an email to every Oregon lawmaker last week saying he came forward as […]
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Latest hurdle in grueling US daycare hunt: waitlist fees

The fees are largely accepted and generally considered a deposit for future enrollment, though services are never guaranteed. Even before Tricia Schalekamp knew the baby growing inside her was a boy, she embarked on the search for child care with urgency and intensity. She visited two dozen centers in the Seattle area, created spreadsheets with […]
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Oregon baby dies at day care after child welfare officials ignore red flags, lawsuit says

After Oregon child welfare workers overlooked allegations that an infant suffered traumatic injuries at his small day care center, a second baby boy died months later in the care of the same day care operator, according to a lawsuit filed this week by the boy’s estate. The dead boy’s pediatrician also failed to report physical […]
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Oregon day care audit will focus on background checks

That’s a shift in scope from what was originally envisioned nearly a year ago. A delayed audit of Oregon’s childcare system will examine whether day care providers with troubling criminal histories are properly prohibited from caring for children, officials told The Oregonian/OregonLive. Auditors will also identify barriers that regulators face when conducting required background checks. […]
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Day care regulators cite ‘difficulties’ meeting new licensing directive

Responding to Gov. Kate Brown, officials said they would review the out-of-state licensing history for providers who acknowledged working elsewhere. Oregon childcare regulators have yet to finish vetting the out-of-state licensing history of 81 of 85 providers identified for heightened scrutiny under pressure from Gov. Kate Brown. Brown in June called for stronger vetting after The […]
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Guest column: State should show discretion about day care complaints

Should the state tell parents when it has complaints about a day care? Like our president’s recent grammatical error, there is one word missing from this question posed by The Bulletin’s editorial board. Yes, the state should tell parents when it has substantiated complaints about a day care. Source: Guest column: State should show discretion […]
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