December 18, 2014

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Report finds Ohio fell short on monitoring day care centers

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A federal report says Ohio hasn’t always met its own requirements for annual, unannounced inspections of day care centers and could do more comprehensive background checks for employees.

The report Tuesday from the watchdog arm of the Department of Health and Human Services looks at monitoring of licensed providers that get subsidies to care for low-income children through the Child Care and Development Fund.

It analyzed 125 of Ohio’s 13,000-plus care providers for the 2010 and 2011 fiscal years. It found some required inspections were missed.

It also says Ohio didn’t include sex offender and child abuse registry checks of workers’ backgrounds.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says the state inspects day care centers twice annually. A spokesman says care providers undergo state and FBI background checks.