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Experts offer tips for choosing childcare providers on heels of sexual abuse allegations in daycare

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - The future of an in-home daycare is in the hands of investigators after a man is accused of sexually abusing a child inside.

Court documents filed in Black Hawk County show Bradley Yousse took a 7-year-old girl to a basement bathroom in his Waterloo home and sexually abused her.

The same address is listed as a registered daycare under Annette Yousse, however, KWWL has not been able to confirm how -- or if -- the two know each other.

No one from the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) will talk about the incident because they can't release details about an investigation.

But according to online records with DHS, the daycare was licensed to care for eight children back in January and the license does not expire until January of 2015.

While experts say parents can't prevent all bad things from happening, there are some things they recommend parents consider when making childcare decision.

Director of the Iowa Child Care Resource and Referral (ICCRR) Mary Janssen encourages parents to ask questions and get to know the provider before deciding who will watch your child.

Janssen said the ICCRR is a state-funded program and offers free guidance for parents to make decisions about childcare through a national database.

Janssen recommends checking references and occasionally dropping in on the child care provider or spending a lunch break while your child is in the provider's care.

An in-depth list of tips and guidelines from ICCRR is available here:

http://www.iowaccrr.org/resources/files/Choosing%20Quality%20Child%20Care%20-%20Final%20(8-21-14).pdf

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