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FSSA: 32 Child-Care Licenses Revoked Since 2010

Figure represents .7% of state's 4,400 licensed or registered providers

10/9/2012

State officials have revoked the licenses of 32 child-care facilities since 2010, and cited 129 more for failing to receive a license.

The Family and Social Services Administration says it's validated about 900 complaints since 2010 against Indiana's 4,400 child-care facilities. FSSA says the most common complaints involve missing paperwork, from background checks to immunization records. But it says the list also includes complaints about discipline, allegations of inadequate supervision, or cleanliness.

Indiana allows child-care facilities to operate without a license as long as they serve fewer than six unrelated children.

More than 3,000 complaints have been filed in the two-year span. Two-thirds of them were thrown out as either groundless, unverifiable, or beyond the scope of FSSA regulation.

The state averaged one substantiated complaint for every seven in-home child-care operations, one for every 1.6 day-care centers, and one for every 12 child-care ministries.

Nearly 300 additional complaints against church child-care ministries were set aside because the state doesn't have jurisdiction. Religious institutions must register child-care ministries with the state, but are exempt from many of the regulations other providers face.

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