Lawmakers Look to Make Changes to Georgia’s Daycare Background Check Procedures

By Michael Klazema on 3/22/2012

A 2010 report by the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies ranked Georgia at the bottom due to lack of licensing and screening standard and enforcement. One of the most deplorable facts reported about the daycare industry in Georgia, was the fact that the state did not carry out visits to small home based daycare centers before issuing them a license.

Recent changes enacted by Georgia state have vastly improved the level of expected quality, including higher standards when it comes to child care employees, like an associate’s degree, stricter inspection requirements and more stringent safety and health standards. Georgia added so many improvements its rank on the national ladder climbed to a spot in the top 10.

It might have been fared better had Georgia addressed the fact that employees in these types of day care centers in the state were not required to go through background checks. This means that the door is still wide open for those who have criminal records to care for Georgia’s children.

It should be noted that there was a bill introduced into the Georgia State House of Representatives that would required fingerprint based background checks, but failed in the House despite lobbying by Voices for Georgia’s Children. This advocacy group promised to continue to lobbying for that requirement .

As of now, there are some Georgia based day care companies that do voluntary background checks on their employees, but this is definitely not required by law. Until it is, those who are voluntarily doing the background checks are being responsible and truly caring for children. It is extremely easy to do background checks, especially when using third party background check companies like This company has several different products like their US Offender OneSEARCH which would check each applicant for matches against sex offender registries in every state in the nation.

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