April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Sadly, I continue to hear stories about childcare providers abusing or neglecting children all the time. Parents searching for childcare shouldn’t have to worry about their children being hurt. I worked for many years in the childcare industry and have helped my friends investigate childcare centers they were considering for their children. Luckily, here in Wisconsin, all state inspection and licensing reports are available online.…continue reading the rest of Choosing the Right Childcare: Understanding State Licensing Reports
Take a kid to a party with a bounce house and chances are you won’t see them for long. Most kids are thrilled to jump and flip in these inflatables for hours. Bounce houses and other inflatables seem to be at every church picnic and child birthday party, providing endless entertainment for kids and even adults. However, injuries are on the rise and some of these injuries can be life threatening.…continue reading the rest of Bounce Houses: Growing in Popularity and Serious Injuries
West Bend's loss prevention representatives spend a lot of time in the field working with non-profit, youth-focused, and community-based customers. Like most homes and businesses, our customers own a lot of stuff. From extra toys to fitness equipment, it's hard to find space for everything. Most people might think, "So what? It's just some clutter...it's not a big deal."
But sometimes it is a big deal.…continue reading the rest of Dangerously Cluttered Spaces
I am very excited to introduce Kayla Olson, CultureOfSafety.com's newest contributor. Kayla will serve as the site's Childcare Editor. Her extensive background working in the childcare industry for more than a decade provides West Bend and CultureOfSafety.com with a powerful and informed voice.
Kayla's primary role with West Bend will involve finding common ground between the realities of working with children and West Bend's desire to help youth-focused organizations manage risks.
What follows below is a brief interview I had…continue reading the rest of Introducing Kayla Olson, Our New Childcare Editor
A new story about abuse in child care centers pops up just about every day. And these stories span the country; from New York City (where a provider was caught on camera treating toddlers roughly at a Montessori school) to Albuquerque (where a longtime caregiver was caught shaking infants in her classroom). These videos are hard to watch and it’s very disheartening to see children…continue reading the rest of Stress and Abuse in Child Care
Eyewitness footage was recently released of a young child that was left in a minivan while the mother shopped at Costco. Inexplicably, it appears the mother took one of her children into the store but decided to leave…continue reading the rest of VIDEO: Mother Leaves Child in Hot Van
A childcare center in Oklahoma is in hot water after extremely graphic photos of two children that were severely sunburned began circulating around the internet. According to the daycare, the children were told to keep their shirts while on a field trip to a pool but they did not listen to their teacher. The kids are currently hospitalized with second- and third-degree burns and will likely have permanent…continue reading the rest of Defending the Daycare with the Sunburned Kids
I was excited to see this month that Wisconsin has joined the growing list of states broadening access to epinephrine auto-injectors. Epinephrine auto injectors, commonly known by brand names like EpiPen, can mean the difference between life and death for someone with severe allergies. The new law allows more public facilities, such as amusement parks, restaurants, and sports arenas to stock epinephrine and requires employees to…continue reading the rest of Wisconsin Businesses Can Now Save Your Life
April is National Child Abuse Prevention month. Since 1983, this month has been a time for our country to tackle this extremely challenging issue. Community organizations and parents collaborate to develop policies and strategies to strengthen families and keep children safe.
That’s why it’s especially disheartening to see this disturbing news story making headlines. A college student, majoring in education, was arrested and later admitted to…continue reading the rest of Child Abuse Prevention Month: What Can We Do?
At this point you’ve likely heard about the measles outbreak sweeping through the country. Originating at Disneyland in Orange County, California, the outbreak has since spread to 17 states and revived a national debate about vaccines. We saw a huge spike in the number of measles cases in…continue reading the rest of Are Childcare Providers Required to Enroll Unvaccinated Children?