Where we Stand
  • Reauthorizing CCDBG to require comprehensive background checks, including fingerprint checks for all child care providers caring for unrelated children and for all providers receiving federal subsidies.
  • Prohibiting the use of CCDBG or TANF funds to pay convicted felons to provide child care.
  • Requiring all paid providers (caring for unrelated children on a regular basis) to have a state license or permit.
Issue Background

Chief among safety standards is that children are safe in the care of child care providers. Parents expect their children to be safe in child care. A comprehensive background check is key to providing this protection. Comprehensive background checks include: fingerprint checks against state and FBI records, a check of the child abuse registry, and a check against the sex offender registry.

The reality is that many states do not require fingerprints to check state and federal records. Given the transitory nature of the child care field, it is important that fingerprints are used to conduct checks of criminal records. A simple background check using a name search is not as effective as a background check using a fingerprint match. Individuals can have very common names or use aliases.

Background checks are of limited value unless they are based on fingerprints. A name check can be manipulated, a fingerprint check cannot.

New! Pending Legislation:

S.1086, The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2013
A bi-partisan bill to reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) for the first time in over 17 years was introduced. S. 1086, “The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2013,” introduced by Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) will ensure minimum protections for children in child care. The bill requires a comprehensive background check for all child care providers caring for unrelated children and for all providers receiving federal subsidies. Now is the time to get involved.

 
 
Issue News
Congress Aims to Revamp Child-Care Grant Program Sep 7, 2013 - Education Week Sept. 05--For more than two decades, Congress and the states have poured billions of dollars into a huge child-care block grant program, with the aim of helping low-income parents join or return to the workforce. Now, as part of a long-stalled effort to renew the program, Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Senate are hoping to add a new a twist: an emphasis on the quality and safety of the programs children are entering.