New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Monitoring of Child Day Care (Follow-Up Review)

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene regulates day care providers in New York City. In our prior audit report 2000-N-20, we examined the actions taken by the Department in responding to complaints about providers and in ensuring that employees are properly screened by day care centers. We found that no system had been developed by the Department to account for the status of the complaints received, some complaints were not rated for urgency when they were received, many of the complaints that were rated were not investigated within the time frames established for their level of urgency, day care employees may not be properly screened before they are hired, and unlicensed day centers may be allowed to continue operation for extended periods. In our follow-up review, we found that Department officials had made progress in implementing the recommendations contained in our prior report.

For a complete copy of Report 2003-F-25 click here.
For a copy of the 90-day response click here.