Georgians who want to work in a licensed child-care center will have to pass a federal fingerprint background check starting January 1st. Currently, child-care workers undergo a state-based check. But officials say that can miss criminal history in other states.
Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to sign a bill Wednesday that would bring major changes to child care centers across Georgia designed to improve child safety. Legislation passed by the General Assembly calls for every employee of licensed child care facilities to undergo a comprehensive, fingerprint-based background check.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation will soon expand its Automated Fingerprint Identification System to include palm prints and greater access to federal data, among other upgrades. Investigators will have access to the new crime-fighting tools starting Monday.