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How Well Are Day Cares Being Run In Sioux Falls?

May 13, 2014, 6:10 PM by Sammi Bjelland

How Well Are Day Cares Being Run In Sioux Falls?

How well are day cares being monitored in the Sioux Falls area? The Sioux Falls health department tried to answer that question in a recent audit.

Results show the city is doing well, but there is room for improvement.

The Health Department oversees the registration of new day cares and makes sure existing providers are following City ordinances.

A recent audit from February shows there are 337 registered day care providers in Sioux Falls, meaning there are a lot to keep track of.

"It's helpful. It makes you feel as if you've had just one more check and balance on the work that you're doing and the programs," Public Health Director for Sioux Falls Jill Franken said. 

The City conducts audits every year.

One thing this audit suggested was more random inspections of home day cares. Currently, the Health Department only inspects day cares that are new or have received complaints.

Franken says with only two inspectors on staff, there are not enough people to do routine inspections of all day cares. She suggests parents do some checking in of their own. 

"Every day that they're dropping their kids off and picking them up, really looking to see it's meeting their expectations. Because what we set for ordinances is really very basic and minimal," Franken said. 

The audit also suggested a secondary file review for day care registrations. Franken says that was a minor technical error the department already took care of.

Overall, the auditor and Health Department seem pleased with the results.

"That would be your hope. That it just validates the work you're doing. Might find a couple of things that you could improve, but otherwise it shouldn't be that there is surprises or findings that you would feel are not achievable," Franken said.

You can read the full audit report at the City's website.

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