Pentagon day care review expanding to schools

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expanding a Pentagon review of hiring at military day care centers to include Defense Department schools, youth centers and other facilities where children are present.

Pentagon press secretary George Little says officials are also questioning why it took three months for the Army to inform Panetta about arrests and problems with background checks at a day care center at Fort Myer, Va. Two people were arrested in September on multiple charges of assault.

Little says reports that parents of children at the center weren’t told about the problems indicate there may have been a serious breakdown in communications.

Panetta on Tuesday ordered a military-wide review of hiring at day care centers after the Army disclosed problems with security background checks of workers at Fort Myer.

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