Saturday, May 25 2013 4:33 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:33:31 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:30:07 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:50 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:50:57 GMT
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life. Now the family of Barbara Bass is speakingMore >>
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:38 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:38:36 GMT
Dougherty County Police Officer issues seat belt citation
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe. Police saidMore >>
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe.More >>
August 30, 2007
Albany -- One of the toughest decisions we ever make as parents is choosing a child care facility.
Accidents can happen at even the safest of facilities. And while day care centers are inspected by state employees, experts say it's up to us to make sure our children are in good hands.
Happy children playing at the Family Tree, an early education program accredited and licensed by the National Childhood Development Center. They meet tough standards aimed at protecting the youngsters who attend.
Most child care centers in South Georgia do not meet those standards, but they are bound by state regulations. Child Care experts, who counsel day care centers on safety, say parents have to take the lead in safety inspections where their son or daughter stays. Child Care Resource and Referral Director Soraya Miller said "parents need to visit child care programs and eagle eye class rooms before they every enroll their child."
The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning puts out an overview sheet to help parents when they inspect child care centers, advising them what to look for.
How many children are there for each caregiver to watch over? Are there first aid kits and fire extinguishers available? Are there emergency numbers posted near telephones? Those are all mandated by the state. But you should also check for noticeable safety hazards, like heavy objects like televisions or furniture that a child could climb on? Are their electrical outlets without safety covers? Are their locks on drawers and cupboards to keep children out? Does the playground equipment have impact absorbing surfaces, like wood chips or ground up rubber?
Experts say parents must be on the lookout for quality standards. Miller said " standards they may find some that are not up to. They do exist, we know that they are there. And we are trying to help them the best that we can. But that's why parents need to be informed."
Georgia law says all licensed day care centers must be inspected three times by a year by state inspectors. They come more often in case of complaints. And those inspection results are available for parents to check for the last year.
But parents are advised to be the most strict inspectors, checking the safety at the center they entrust with their children's safety.
Parents should also check their child care center for disease prevention, watching for hand cleaning, and cleaning snack and food serving areas.