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6/19/07

Law Requiring Costly Background Checks Outrages Day Care Owners

Child-care workers are balking at a new state law. The law will require them to undergo pricey fingerprint background checks before they are hired and every other year after that.

Day-care center owners and employees say the new requirement is an unfair financial burden for an industry plagued by high turnover and low pay. But supporters of the measure say it'll protect children from people who shouldn't be trusted to care for them.

The change followed the heatstroke death of four-year-old Jacob Fox while he was on a day care field trip in the Dallas area. The day care center's owner was licensed by the state to run the center despite having a criminal record that included the stabbing of a woman.

Twenty-nine states require child care workers to undergo fingerprint background checks.

Source: Associated Press

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