Day-care operators prepare for tougher Ind. rules

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

FRANKLIN, Ind. Indiana child-care providers are preparing for new state rules that will require them to conduct more extensive background checks and increase training for their staff.

The rules that take effect July 1 primarily affect home-based day cares, licensed centers and ministry-based child cares that accept vouchers to help pay tuition costs for low-income families.

The Daily Journal reports ( ) day-care operators will be required to fingerprint all employees and conduct detailed FBI background checks every three years. Those checks can determine if an employee or applicant has felonies or a record of child abuse in other states.

They cost about $40 per employee compared with $7 for the limited checks currently used.

Other changes include more training to prevent child abuse and rules prohibiting blankets in cribs with infants.

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