GA child care centers to beef up background checks

(WTVM) - Big changes are coming to child care centers across Georgia that could improve child safety.

Governor Nathan Deal is expected to sign a new piece of legislation passed by the general assembly calling for every employee of the state's roughly 6,300 licensed child care facilities to undergo a comprehensive, fingerprint-based background check.

Current law requires only the director of a child care facility to pass the more comprehensive check.

Under the legislation, all employees will have to pass the check before being eligible to work at a licensed child care facility in the state.

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