Associated Press - January 17, 2008 6:14 PM ET
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A new audit says Missouri officials aren't doing enough to stop people from operating illegal child day care centers.
State Auditor Susan Montee's office released the audit today.
It says current penalties for illegal day care centers are too low to force many violators to change their ways. Auditors also say that inspectors can't be sure that those who are caught don't continue violating the law.
The audit also criticizes state regulations that don't require children of home day care operators to be counted as part of the maximum allowed.
The Department of Health and Senior Services says it's gathering information to determine whether tougher penalties are needed. The department says it will try to change those regulations this year.