Vermont unsure if all who work with youngsters are checked

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) – The Vermont Department for Children and Families says officials can’t say for sure if everyone who works with children in private pre-kindergarten programs has undergone required fingerprint-based background checks.

Department officials have said the state is facing a backlog in processing fingerprints to check for out-of-state criminal records.

Now spokeswoman Luciana DiRuocco tells the Burlington Free Press officials don’t know who’s missing and there could be people who need to be fingerprinted but who haven’t sent in their applications.

Under a new law that took effect this summer the state pays for up to 10 hours of pre-K per week for Vermont’s 3-, 4-, and 5- year-olds. The law also requires that anyone who will be alone with children submit their fingerprints, which are in addition to Vermont-based checks.

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