Background Checks Lacking in Georgia’s Head Start Program

By Michael Klazema on 12/14/2011

When a child is enrolled in a Head Start program one assumes that the employees at those facilities will be upstanding citizens with no criminal records of any kind. After an audit done by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, it was found that in Head Start facilities throughout the state, employees were not subject to the background checks that should be given to any person working with children. In fact, it was found that many employees had never had a complete background check and those who did have background checks performed were never screened again.

That lack of screening can be particularly dangerous as during this audit it was found that 21 out of a random group of 162 Head Start employees had no background check done at all. It certainly makes one wonder how many people with a potentially dangerous criminal background are around the vulnerable populations such as children and the elderly.

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