ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's state Department of Early Care and Learning is preparing legislation to require background checks for all employees at state-licensed child care centers.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports ( that Commissioner Bobby Cagle began working on the legislation after he took office in January as part of a review of the regulation of child care centers across the state. He said the legislation will help address issues raised in a federal report released Tuesday showing that Head Start facilities in seven states, including Georgia, are cause for concern.

Inspectors visited 175 Head Start facilities, including 34 in Georgia, and found mostly minor hazards to children enrolled in the early education program, which is funded by federal block grants.

The report identifies employee screening as the biggest problem.


Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

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