Parents Turn to Unlicensed Centers for Child Care

Laramie, WY – Child advocates say a severe shortage of child care providers in Wyoming means many parents are leaving their kids with illegal providers.

Jan Lawrence directs a child care center in Laramie. She says some child care providers do not get licensed because they have a criminal record, and want to avoid a background check. Or, their license has been revoked.

Lawrence encourages people to report unlicensed providers in their communities.

Last week in Teton County, a baby died while under the care of an unauthorized provider. Jackson police say they're waiting for an autopsy report before deciding whether to investigate.