Audit finds N.J. overpaid for child-care program

A new audit shows New Jersey is paying more than it should to subsidize a child-care program for low-income families.

State Comptroller Matt Boxer said Wednesday New Jersey may have overpaid millions of dollars to child-care centers that overstated attendance figures.

An audit also found a significant number of ineligible participants in the program, he said

“We found that about one out of every seven children in the program, about 15 percent, didn’t actually qualify because their family’s income was too high for the program,” Boxer said. “Meanwhile, there are 8,000 children on the waiting list for the program who can’t get in.”

Boxer said poor oversight of the program jeopardizes its integrity. In response to his concerns, the Division of Family Development is changing its procedures and strengthening internal controls.

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