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Dept. of Health and Human Services wants overhaul of child care facilities

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A proposal by the Department of Health and Human Services will be released Thursday that calls for an overhaul of federally funded child care facilities.  The proposal will also call for stricter security standards for employees and better monitoring of facilities by state governments.

Over 1.5 million children across the country attend federally funded child care facilities.

Health, safety, and program quality regulations vary widely among the states.

Under the proposed new rules, workers would undergo fingerprinting and background checks and be required to receive training in first aid and CPR. Officials say the rules would increase accountability among child care providers and improve transparency for parents.

States would have to comply with the standards to receive the federal funds.

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