JACKSON – (AP) Parents have until Aug. 30 to register for a finger-scanning system to sign children in and out of federally subsidized child care.
Jill Dent, director of the Division of Early Childhood Care and Development at the state Department of Human Services, announced the deadline last Wednesday.
By then, parents and other caregivers will have to visit county DHS offices to scan their fingers into the system, or lose their subsidy.
The machines will be required starting Oct. 1 for 18,000 children whose care is subsidized by federal grants.
Deployment was delayed by protests and a lawsuit by child care operators who oppose the scanners’ use.
A phone-in attendance system has been required since June 1 for the roughly 300 home-based centers that care for children covered by federal vouchers.