April 17, 1997
IMAGINE THE REACTION if a fire injured children in a public school where officials had not bothered to follow the fire code. Parents would be calling for heads to roll.Yet some parents of the six children injured in a fire at Diana Smith's illegal Parkville family day care -- where Baltimore County fire officials found a long list of fire code violations -- feel authorities are being too harsh in citing the woman yesterday and making an issue of the fact that she was not licensed to care for children.
April 18, 1993
Family Day Care Providers And The LawAs a resident of the state of Maryland, I am required to follow its laws. If I undertake an activity which demands that certain procedures be followed to assure that I am within the laws, I had better be sure to have proof that I have followed these procedures. Otherwise, it will be assumed that I am not undertaking the activity legally. It is interesting to note, however, that some groups are apparently immune to such stipulations. One such group is the board of directors of the Mayefield Homeowners Association in Bel Air.I am referring to the lawsuit that this board has filed against myself and my family in an attempt to remove my in-home family day care from this neighborhood.
July 1, 2004
Alease B. Lockley, who supervised family day care centers and was active in the affairs of her Northwest Baltimore church, died of lung cancer June 24 at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Ashburton resident was 74. Born Alease Carr in Baltimore, she was raised near the old Richmond Armory and Market on North Howard Street. She was a 1949 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School and earned a degree in sociology in 1953 from what is now Morgan State University. She worked in the medical records department of Johns Hopkins Hospital until 1962 when she became director of Christian education at Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church.
January 7, 1992
MARYLAND wants all its family day care providers to be legal -- and that means licensed -- so the state is granting amnesty to unlicensed providers until Feb. 29. These providers can begin the licensing process in the next two months without paying penalties for operating an unlicensed day care home.No one has any idea how many people without licenses are caring for children in their homes, said Roberta Ward, assistant director for programs for the state's Child Care Administration. But she is sure the number is high.
February 15, 1993
THE Clinton administration is sick to death of it. The president ran on the economy, but all anyone wants to talk about these days is who's taking care of politicians' kids.So it seems fitting to take a break from the witch hunts surrounding who paid what when to the sitter to discuss a pressing economic issue.Child care.The United States needs a national child care system for all families, from the poor to the well-to-do. If the withdrawal of two talented women lawyers from consideration for service in the Clinton administration because of baby-sitter stuff ends in a welter of class wars and gender hostilities, we will have missed an opportunity to begin a process that should have started two decades ago.By 1995, two-thirds of the women with preschool children are expected to be working outside their homes.
July 13, 1998
THE DEATHS of two babies at an Eastern Shore family day care home would be easier to cope with if some regulatory deficiency were to blame. Indeed, the case has prompted cries for more frequent inspections of day care homes and centers. Lax regulations, however, were not the problem and, hence, are not the answer.As child advocacy groups note, Maryland has some of the nation's toughest rules governing child care facilities. The requirements for a license to run a family day care cover everything from splintered wood on the outside of the house to the condition of toilet seats.