Georgia legislation will require national fingerprint checks for childcare workers.
By Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ga. -
A bill requiring national fingerprint checks for childcare workers in Georgia is headed to the governor's desk for his signature. The state Senate passed House Bill 350, which requires all childcare center directors and Department of Early Care and Learning workers to pass the records checks. Georgia law currently requires directors of state-licensed childcare centers to pass national fingerprint records background checks, but all other employees are only required to pass background checks based on their names. The background checks are expected to scan childcare workers for criminal records in all 50 states, and officials say 26 other states have already passed similar legislation.