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Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 3:45am

Childcare Workers Face Background Checks

Georgia's state Department of Early Care and Learning is preparing legislation to require background checks for all employees at state-licensed child care centers.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Commissioner Bobby Cagle said an inspector general's report issued Tuesday on Head Start facilities in seven states, including Georgia, is prompting the consideration.

Cagle, who took office in January, initiated a review of the regulations surrounding child care centers in the state and is preparing to roll out several changes.

Inspectors visited 175 Head Start facilities, including 34 in Georgia, and found mostly minor hazards to children enrolled in the early education program, which is funded by federal block grants.

The report identifies employee screening as the biggest problem.

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