Childcare directors unhappy with Department of Education’s new background check system


BITEROLLS SOT: AMANDA RIDEAUX – OWNER, DIRECTOR AT THE VILLAGE CHILDREN’S CENTER “WE ARE DEPENDENT UPON THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PROVIDING US WITH THESE SERVICES THAT THEY’RE NOT.” CHILDCARE CENTER DIRECTORS ACROSS THE STATE SAY NEW BACKGROUND CHECK REGULATIONS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ARE UNRELIABLE AND UNREALISTIC. PKG VPO AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MONTH, THE DEPARTMENT BEGAN USING A THIRD PARTY SYSTEM TO RUN BACKGROUND CHECKS ON CHILDCARE WORKERS… THE PROBLEM IS, THE NEW PROGRAM ISN’T WORKING AS EXPECTED. …BECAUSE OF TECHNICAL ISSUES…RIGHT NOW ANYONE WHO APPLIES FOR A JOB AT A DAYCARE MUST DRIVE TO BATON ROUGE AND BE FINGERPRINTED AT STATE POLICE HEADQUARTERS. AFTER WE QUESTIONED THE PROCESS, THE DEPARTMENT IS NOW SAYING IT’S ONLY TEMPORARY…THAT THE DEPARTMENT WOULD HELP WITH TRAVEL COSTS–AND LOCAL SITES, WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE NEXT WEEK. AS OUR VALERIE PONSETI REPORTS… TIME IS SOMETHING MOST DAYCARES DON’T HAVE… SCRIPT: MICHELLE ARMENTOR – CO-OWNER, CO-DIRECTOR AT DREAMY DAYS CHILDCARE AND LEARNING CENTER “WE AGREE THAT MORE STRINGENT RULES NEEDED TO BE IMPLEMENTED. WE HAVE NO QUALMS WITH THAT. THE PROBLEM IS THE WAY IN WHICH THEY HAVE DONE IT AND THEY HAVE NOT FOLLOWED THROUGH. YET, WE ARE ALL HELD RESPONSIBLE. WE HAVE TO FOLLOW THE REGULATIONS. IF WE DON’T HAVE THE PEOPLE THERE, WE CAN’T OPEN. IF WE CAN’T OPEN, THEN OUR PARENTS CAN’T GO TO WORK.” SOME DAYCARE CENTERS WORRY WITH THE NEW REGULATION– HIRING FOR OPEN POSITION WON’T BE AS EASY. SOT: AMANDA RIDEAUX – OWNER, DIRECTOR AT THE VILLAGE CHILDREN’S CENTER “THEY’RE TYPICALLY AN $8-9 AN HOUR POSITION. FIRST OF ALL, THEY’RE NOT GOING TO BE EXCITED TO DRIVE TO BATON ROUGE TO GET FINGERPRINTS WHEN THEY CAN GO WORK AT MCDONALD’S MAKING THAT AND HAVE PROBABLY LESS EMOTIONAL STRESS THAN WORKING WITH CHILDREN ALL DAY.” ANOTHER CONCERN–LIABILITY. RIDEAUX “I MEAN, THAT’S A BIG RISK SENDING PEOPLE THERE. AND WE’RE IN LAFAYETTE. WE’RE ONLY AN HOUR AWAY. IMAGINE THE CENTERS IN MONROE AND SHREVEPORT AND NATCHITOCHES. THE ONLY OPTION IS BATON ROUGE CURRENTLY.” WORKING WITH CHILDREN–DAYCARES AND PRESCHOOLS ARE VERY FAMILIAR WITH STRICT RULES AND REGULATIONS…BUT IN AN INDUSTRY WHERE DIRECTORS SAY STAFF TURNOVER RATES ARE EXTREMELY HIGH–NOT BEING ABLE TO MAKE NEW HIRES TO FULFILL STAFFING REQUIREMENTS, BECAUSE OF TECHNICAL ISSUES WITH BACKGROUND CHECKS…IS NOT AN OPTION. RIDEAUX “WE WOULD HAVE LIKED, PAST TENSE, WE WOULD HAVE LIKE THEM TO MAKE SURE THAT THE SYSTEM WAS WORKING BEFORE WE WERE REQUIRED TO USE IT. WE ARE COMPLETELY DEPENDENT NOW UPON A SYSTEM TO FUNCTION AND TO FULFILL OUR RESPONSIBILITY AND OUR OBLIGATIONS TO OUR CUSTOMERS ON A SYSTEM THAT DOESN’T WORK.” VALERIE PONSETI, KATC TV-3. BR-BREAKOUT G ALTHOUGH TRAVEL ISSUES HAVE BEEN REMEDIED FOR THE TIME BEING–CHILDCARE DIRECTORS WE TALKED TO ARE STILL CONCERNED ABOUT THINGS LIKE THE COST OF THE NEW PROCESS. IN THE PAST, BACKGROUND CHECK FEES FOR NEW HIRES RANGED FROM ABOUT 35- TO-40 DOLLARS. NOW, UNDER THE THIRD PARTY SYSTEM THE DEPARTMENT HAS DECIDED TO USE–IT’LL COST AT LEAST 88- DOLLARS PER EMPLOYEE…WITH AS MUCH AS 30 DOLLARS GOING INTO THE DEPARTMENT’S BANK ACCOUNT… TWO MONTHS AFTER A FRANKLIN TEEN’S DISAPPEARANCE IN

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