Posted at: 09/26/2013 1:31 PM
Updated at: 09/26/2013 1:37 PM
By: The Associated Press
SANTA FE (AP) - Legislative auditors are criticizing state oversight of taxpayer-subsidized child care providers, saying a government agency failed to detect sex offenders living at child care locations.
Auditors outlined their findings Wednesday to the Legislative Finance Committee.
The audit report said the Children, Youth and Families Department suspended three child care homes after auditors told the agency that registered sex offenders listed the homes as their primary address. A department spokesman said the homes no longer can serve as child care providers after the agency confirmed the sex offenders lived there.
The audit report said New Mexico needs to better coordinate early childhood programs, such as subsidized child care for low-income families, with the state's more academically rigorous pre-kindergarten programs. Auditors said basic child care fails to improve the later school performance and literacy of students.
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