Audit Finds Sex Offenders At WI Daycare Addresses


An audit of the Wisconsin Shares program found four cases where the addresses of in-home child-care providers matched those of registered sex offenders, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The audit was launched by state officials after an investigation by the paper revealed nearly 500 child-care providers in Wisconsin have criminal records, some serious.

The discovery is the latest in a string of serious problems identified in the Wisconsin Shares program, which was launched in 1997 as part of a welfare overhaul and is intended to help low-income parents get jobs by covering the cost of child care. An ongoing Journal Sentinel investigation has revealed how parents and providers easily scam the subsidy program, and legislators have called for a full review.

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