List Criteria: Vote up the worst horror stories to help parents know what to look out for.
You want to do everything you can to protect your children. That means nurturing them as much as you can when they are in your care, and making sure they're safe when they aren't. Tragically for many parents, facilities that claim to give kids the attention they need are not always trustworthy. As these day care horror stories prove, making sure your kids' day care is safe is a tough, but hugely important job.
Almost 11 million children across the United States are in child care programs such as child care centers and in-home child care. If you are a parent looking for daycare, you'll want to ensure that the facility you go with is licensed and that their employees have gone through the necessary training to be able to take care of your child.
Even if you take those precautions, day care accidents happen every day. The best you can do is try to find a facility with a stellar track record and trustworthy caretakers. As you'll see from this list, even the best day care facilities have lost kids, or been unable to keep tabs on violent or rough kids. While some mishaps are just that - innocent mistakes (like leaving a kid at Chuck E. Cheese), they all have the potential to cause serious, sometimes deadly harm.
Beyond the horrific and serious child care stories on this list, you'll also read about more common dangers (like day care germs) that you'll want to try to avoid. Of course, there's no way to protect your child from every possible problem in the world. But reading this list of accidents at day care can help you learn to see the warning signs. Collection Photo: Paramount Pictures