A new audit has concluded the state Department of Early Education overstated its childcare waiting list by more than 21,000 entries.
Auditor Suzanne Bump said the department, which oversees early education and licenses childcare providers, had maintained a waitlist for childcare that contained thousands of outdated or duplicate entries, overstating the total demand by as much as 36 percent.
In response to the audit, Bump said the department has reactivated two software features designed to automatically check for outdated and duplicate entries.
The audit also found the department failed to ensure drivers underwent criminal checks and had proper training and certification.
The department said it's hired a transportation compliance monitor.
The audit also recommends banning the use of 15-passenger vans for childcare transportation because of a high rollover risk.