State suspends pilot child care inspection program

A pilot program that would have increased the number of inspections of child care centers in nine Mississippi counties, comprising one health district, has been suspended indefinitely as the state Department of Health reviews alternate options, according to an email sent to child care providers last week.

The increase in visits was meant to “ensure licensing rules and regulations were being met and that our children were safe in their childcare environments,” according to the email from Jim Craig, director of the Office of Health Protection. After reviewing the plan for the pilot program, Craig wrote that he had “some questions and concerns” and indicated the state wanted to look at a “different approach” to the increased visits.

Clarion Ledger
2/20/17