Eugene Delgaudio Expresses Concern "Auditor finds 119 matches between day cares and sex offenders" in Massachusetts
Government liscensing is supposed to promote desireable outcomes, while preventing undesireable outcomes. Sometimes political policies and oversight are required. There must alays be citizen oversight in order to trust government officials to be ABLE to carry out their duties. And government officials should always welcome the oversight, " says Public Advocate president Eugene Delgaudio.
A shocking state audit released today revealed 119 cases where addresses for registered sex offenders matched those of child care providers licensed by the beleaguered state Department of Early Education and Care.
"No parent who drops their child off at day care should have to worry about the safety of their son or daughter," state Auditor Suzanne M. Bump said in a statement. "The presence of registered sex offenders in such proximity to groups of children is information parents, providers, and the EEC must have and act upon."
In mid-audit, Bump said she took her findings - which included both Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders - to EEC, which began an investigation. EEC revoked providers' licenses in four cases where their operators had full knowledge of the sex offender's status but never reported the information to EEC.
But Bump's audit also discovered EEC - whose $197,585 a year commissioner Sherri Killins resigned earlier this month amid a Herald investigation - failed to ensure child-care providers run required CORI checks on staffers.