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"If we're not looking, there may not be as great of care," explained the department's Deborah Scott. "And I think taxpayers expect us to be looking."
The new unit consists of 10 retired department workers who check on childcare centers that accept state vouchers.
"It's really more of a monitoring that we are doing at this point and time," added Scott, "to look at records that providers keep to make sure that they match up with billing."
But, Mark Robbins, of Jefferson City Day Care, complained, "It seems like they should be working in partnership with the daycares and teaching the daycares how to take care of the paperwork."
DSS said it doesn't want to scare childcare providers, it just wants to make sure they don't abuse the $190 million in vouchers the department pays them each year.
The Contract Compliance Unit's initial focus is the children's division, but it will soon expand to all areas of the department.