01 May Child Care Safety Enhanced by Georgia Bill
Comprehensive Background Checks are necessary when protecting children. A new bill (House Bill 350) to be signed by the Governor will help ensure that all childcare workers pass a national fingerprint background check every five years.
The current policy in Georgia requires day care employees to undergo a background check using only a name search within the state. Examining only local records is insufficient as offenders can too easily move from state to state.
Full time day care center employees would be subject to the new background checks against the national Registry For Crimes Against Children. It is important to note that there are exclusions for religious schools, sports and summer camps.
The changes will take effect in 2017 if the bill becomes law. Read the full article