By Katharine Mieszkowski and Jennifer LaFleur.

Families in Alameda and Contra Costa counties now can see detailed state records about their children’s day care facilities online.

The Center for Investigative Reporting has obtained and posted records including official inspections and citations, complaints about the centers and state investigations of those complaints. Last year, CIR began scanning and posting those records about centers located in the Bay Area. We previously made records available for Santa Clara and Napa counties.

While the majority of other states routinely make this information available online, California has failed to do so. That’s left many parents in the dark about the preschools and day care centers that their children attend.

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To view the records and read the rest of the investigative report, please visit the Center for Investigative Reporting.