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Controversy continues for finger scan program at childcare centers

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A controversial new finger scan program for child care centers is still a hot topic.

The Department of Human Services heard from concerned providers in a public hearing Friday.

Concerned child care providers have been pointing their fingers at DHS over this finger scan program.

DHS has even put the scanners in around 30 facilities as part of their pilot program. The goal behind all this is to monitor families receiving federal assistance for their kids to attend the child care centers. But the providers, even those participating in the pilot program, say the hastle and costs outweigh the need.

"We also know that families will be displaced as a result of that if centers do not take certificates anymore," said Cassandra Welchlin, MS Low Income Child Care Initiative.

"This is a harm and we're asking Department of Human Services to do no harm to these children," Welchlin added.

Providers say many parents are threatening to pull their kids off the roll if the system is implemented.

DHS says their current plan is to keep monitoring the pilot centers before implementing it across the state.

Two of those pilot locations have already opted out of the program.

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