Child Care Facilities Now Require Comprehensive Background Checks




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While almost all child care facilities require their employees to undergo some form of a background check, the government now requires all child care facility employees to undergo a more thorough form, called a Comprehensive Background Check. The new, more strenuous, background checks will be done using both the individual’s name and fingerprint, and will include looking for things like state and federal criminal charges, sex offender registries and child abuse charges.
 
 
Comprehensive background checks will be required not only for child care providers, but every employee that works in the facility; including volunteers and any adult living in a family child care home. Even teachers, bus drivers, janitors, and kitchen staff will need to undergo this background check. 
 
 
These new standards will take effect in 2017 and applies to all 50 states, including the District of Columbia. Many states already require this type of background check for specific child care programs, but to check your state’s current laws, visit Child Care Aware state by state by state resource map choose your state, and select Child Care.


By: Alecia Stanton



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