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ERIC Number: ED415989
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
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Unannounced vs. Announced Licensing Inspections in Monitoring Child Care Programs.
Fiene, Richard
Conducted by the Pennsylvania Office of Children, Youth and Families, this study compared findings of unannounced and announced licensing inspections of child care centers and homes. A statewide random sample of 377 child care centers and homes were selected to be reviewed through an unannounced inspection. All had been inspected within the previous 6 months through an announced visit. Programs were matched and compared from the announced to the unannounced inspections with regard to the number of noncompliance violations of state child care regulations. The dependent measure was discrepant citations, defined as the center or home being in compliance with a specific regulation at the announced inspection but out of compliance with the same regulation at the unannounced inspection. Results indicated that there was a statistically significant number of discrepant citations related to caregiver-child ratios, protective electrical covers, toxics, building surfaces, play equipment, and medication/diets. Further analyses revealed that highly compliant providers did not show the highly discrepant citations related to violations of child care regulations between announced and unannounced inspections, but all the highly discrepant citations occurred with the low compliant providers. The study concludes that conducting unannounced inspections is a worthwhile practice by state licensing professionals, but conducting unannounced inspections on all providers indiscriminately is not a good use of limited state resources. (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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