Hasidic day care centers subsidized by the government of Quebec, Canada are so poorly run that they may be forced to close. The centers' governing body's record keeping is reportedly almost nonexistent, which raises the possibility that the money has been embezzled from the state, as well.
Another scandal from our dear Hungarian hasidic brothers and their fellow travelers. Here is Google's translation from the French:
Hasidic Jewish child care system: soon the end?You can read 38 pages of French language inspection reports here.
Normand Grondin • Radio Canada
Exclusive - The network of daycares in the Hasidic community is threatened with closure due to the incompetence of its directors and possible mismanagement of public funds.
Network daycares of the Hasidic community, the only Quebec network based on cultural criteria, received nearly $ 20 million in grants since its inception in 2006. But six years later, the network is threatened with closure due to the incompetence of its directors and possibly mismanagement of public funds.
Since 2010, the Ministry of Family and Seniors has conducted three inspections Gan unified organization that coordinates the network of centers Hasidic. These inspections show that the body is unable to properly monitor and manage the 122 centers and 487 children of which he is responsible.
In a letter dated May 31, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Family and Seniors Line Bérubé, prevents Gan unified in the current state of affairs, "the Department is not able to renew [ their] approval for a period of three years. "The organization has until 13 December 2012 to demonstrate compliance with the Act respecting childcare services for children.
However, the task ahead is heavy.
In March 2012, although the official who inspected only checked the files of eight of the 122 family child care homes that are part of the network, he raised hundreds of maladministration. Reports of 2010 and 2012 also indicate that certain shortcomings and errors were committed repeatedly, even if we had asked the coordinating office to correct them quickly.
Three inspection reports mention hundreds of administrative errors, some mundane and others much less. For example, all records were incomplete, all written agreements with parents were incomplete, missing interviews and references to responsible care, reports of visits to homes where children are cared and several forms of eligibility for the reduced contribution.
It also lacked information on the curriculum, children under 14 years living at the same address on the availability of facilities for children under 18 months of safety equipment in place, first aid, etc..
A procedure Asked about these revelations, the Minister of Family and Seniors Nicole Léger said Thursday it had asked his department to "make the necessary checks." "We must respect what is required for a permit," she said. "There are procedures when there are failures," she said, explaining that there were various steps.
How is used grant money?
But the most intriguing in these documents is the total absence of information concerning the real presence of children in care.
In eight cases tested, the date of admission of children is absent, as the days or half-days when they attended the daycare. So since the department does not know when a child whose place is funded attends a daycare and most importantly, how many days during the year. However, in correspondence with the Gan unified ministry has discussed this issue at least three occasions, the first time in 2007.
The inspection report of 2012 also mentions the eight centers whose record has been verified offer daycare part-time, not full time, which suggests that many other centers do not offer the network they also a part-time service. However, the unified Gan received, since 2006, annual grants corresponding to a day care full-time for each of its 122 centers. What then are these?
The Ministry of Family and Seniors told us in writing that the "annual subsidy is adjusted based on the actual attendance of children." However, none of the financial documents we obtained there is no question of a reduction of the budget network Hasidic six years. Instead, it increased gradually as the ministry has granted more subsidized places (the network is increased from 430 seats in 2006 to 487 seats in 2012).
The ministry added that the unified Gan "is an autonomous entity whose board of directors is responsible for establishing budget priorities" according to the annual subsidy. It also states that "the surplus is not returned to the Department."
As the unified Gan, he did not respond to numerous requests for interviews. Judith Gross, executive director of network for several years, left his post a month ago. It was replaced by an interim executive director, Alfio Picciolo, which has been replaced recently Suzanne Mendlovic, it was impossible to reach.
Neither the Ministry nor the unified Gan have wanted to give us information on the current state of affairs. That said, the child care system Hasidic will soon get out of the impasse if he does not know an abrupt end. If it can not, it would be a first since, to date, the Ministry of Family and Seniors has never refused to renew the accreditation of a coordinating body.