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Review: Background investigations for daycare providers are too lax
NEWSCHANNEL 3 - A review released Tuesday morning claims many states are too lax when it comes to daycare provider background checks and inspections.
Michigan falls in the middle of the pack when it comes to these precautions.
Licensed daycare centers and licensed family home providers are required by the state to do background checks. Unfortunately, just not on all of their workers.
Directors, owners and child care staff here in Michigan must be screened but there are no requirements for other workers, like drivers or janitors.
This review also zeroed in on inspections.
It found 21 states do not require an annual unannounced inspection of daycare providers.
Michigan does require these annual inspections for daycare centers but not for family home providers.
In fact, the review found only 10-percent of family homes in Michigan are inspected at the time of renewal.
The report also found that, overall, even when inspections were required by a state, they were not always done.
The review was done by the watchdog arm of the Department of Health and Human Services.
It recommends states roll out more stringent standards for daycare providers and see them through.