Some Michigan child care centers fail to conduct background checks for workers

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Federal inspectors say none of the three Michigan child centers they checked were running required criminal records or protective services checks on employees, and two had hazardous physical conditions.

The Office of Inspector General in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the report Wednesday. It reported earlier on safety issues at 20 Michigan family and group day care homes.

The new report says inspectors found furniture polish within children's reach, brooms and rakes in a doorway leading to a children's bathroom, a recalled crib and a swing set without protective cushioning.

It recommends more frequent state inspections and assurances that employees undergo checks.

The Michigan Education Department says it agrees with the background checks but says it needs new money to increase inspections.

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