Follow-up audit on BabyNet to be released

Follow-up audit on BabyNet to be released

By SEANNA ADCOX

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - State auditors are releasing a follow-up review of a South Carolina program that provides early intervention services to infants and toddlers who have disabilities.

The Legislative Audit Council expects to release its report on BabyNet on Tuesday, three years after finding the program did not reach enough children and providers weren't properly monitored. The August 2011 report also noted the program had consistently failed to meet federally-required performance targets.

The program is a joint state-federal effort to identify children with developmental problems with speech, hearing, vision, motor skills, or social-emotional skills and provide them with services they need.

According to a June letter from the U.S. Department of Education, the state remains in "needs intervention" status for BabyNet's performance.

First Steps to School Readiness has run the program since 2010.

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