MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Starting in January, Wisconsin will join three dozen other states in requiring FBI fingerprint and background checks for child care providers.
Employees and household members in home-based facilities will also come under additional scrutiny. Wisconsin requires the state Justice Department to conduct background reviews of child care workers -- but until now, the state has not required FBI fingerprint checks.
A provision in the new state budget calls for the increased security steps.
Child care advocacy groups say that's important, because criminals could use fake names as long as their fingerprints are not checked. The group Child Care Aware of America suggests state background checks for everyone connected with care centers -- along with FBI fingerprint checks, and reviews of state registries for sex offenders and child abusers.