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Fingerprinting will be required for daycare providers in 2014

MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) -- Wisconsin officials are raising the bar for daycare providers.

The Badger state already requires criminal background checks for healthcare providers, including daycare providers, but there are some loopholes to the law.

Starting in 2014, daycare providers will be required to have fingerprint checks through the Federal Bureau of Investigation. There are already over 30 states that require the FBI fingerprint checks. Supporters say this will help screen workers that may have criminal records in other states.

The law applies to all new daycare workers, and will cost about thirty-two dollars to process. The FBI believes they will have to process around 9,000 fingerprint requests to help daycare workers comply with the law. The law will apply to anyone having contact with the children, including child care providers, their household members and child care employees.

State officials say this mandatory check will also prevent criminals from using aliases to hide their records from potential employers.