Hoosier Child-Care Providers Must Follow New State Rules

INDIANA, (WOWO): Indiana child-care providers must now follow new state rules that will require them to conduct more extensive background checks and increase training for their staff.

The rules that take effect this week mainly affect home-based daycares, licensed centers and ministry-based child cares that accept vouchers to help pay tuition costs for low-income families.

Daycare 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.