SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - State Auditor Suzanne Bump wants both staff and household members of a day care center to undergo Sex Offender Registry Information checks.
Right now Sex Offender Registry checks are not required for child care operators, workers or people living at an in-home day care. But that may change soon.
A recent audit found 119 instances in Massachusetts, where the address listed for Level 2 or Level 3 registered sex offenders matched the address listed for a licensed child care provider.
State Auditor Suzanne Bump said Wednesday, "This audit shows that more can be done to protect young children. Unfortunately, there is little margin of error as just one case can have dire consequences."
So now Auditor Bump is calling for more frequent address checks. A popular move among western Massachusetts parents.
Many parents told 22News big or small, all day care centers should have a tough screening process for employees. Parents say they never want to have any doubts when they drop off their children.
Parents also support conducting Sex Offender Registry Information checks... on top of Criminal Offender Record Information checks for day care operators and their family members.
Chris Colburn of Agawam told 22News "You gotta make sure that everybody that's going in and out of the household is not a criminal, and you know, they are going to be there for our children in the right way."
Will Delgado of Holyoke said "They are going to be in close proximity to the children, and when it comes to their safety, you know, that's number one, so they should really look into everybody involved."
No information yet on where in Massachusetts those 119 matches are. However, the State Department of Early Education and Care has already started investigating those cases.