Minnesota human services officials say the number of infant deaths in child care settings has dropped significantly this year.
One baby has died while in child care in 2013. In the first four months of 2012, six infants had died, mainly in family child care settings and related to unsafe sleep practices.
The Department of Human Services and its partners have made efforts to raise awareness among child care providers of safe sleep practices. Gov. Mark Dayton's budget includes funding for additional training for child care providers and for implementing new requirements for safe sleep.
The Office of Inspector General's analysis of licensing activities showed the number of deaths increased from an average of six per year prior to 2006 to more than 11 in both 2010 and 2011.