Background checks to be required for new day care workers

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It’s a daunting task to find the safest daycare center for your child. A new federal law now eases some of that worry with mandatory background checks for employees.

Starting October first, any new employee to a child care center in the state must complete a background check before he or she can start. This is the final phase from the Child Care and Development Block Grant, established in 2014.  While the process of completing these extensive background checks seems tasking, some say it is worth it.

“They’re working to enhance and ensure the safety and the protection of children and minimize the risk of any perpetrators against children or anything working within the child care field,” said Tara Reed with the Department of Human Services. 

Those who are waiting to receive their completed background check will be allowed to work under supervision before that happens.

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