Child Care Operators Oppose Finger-Scanning Rule

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Mississippi child care operators are again protesting a plan for some parents to use finger scans to sign their children in and out.

They spoke out against the proposal Wednesday at a hearing in Jackson attended by about 150 people.

The Mississippi Department of Human Services plans to impose the system on child care operators beginning in November.

Jill Dent, who leads the DHS unit overseeing child care, says it will save money for the agency. That would free up more money to offer vouchers to 8,000 children who are waiting.

However, opponents say the system is intrusive and unproven, and they fear it would cut reimbursements when many operators cash-strapped.

Opponents also say they fear the system, at up to $12 million over five years, will cost more than it saves.