- 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.
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.
- Fact Sheet: The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2013, S.1086
- GAO Report Findings — Our One Pager
- GAO Report on Sex Offenders in Child Care
- HHS, Office of Child Care, Information Memorandum, Recommendations to the States on Background Checks
- Illustrative Data from States Where Fingerprint Checks Act as a Filter (Fall 2012)
- Sex Offenders: IL Audit Finds Sex Offenders in Child Care Programs
- Sex Offenders: KY Audit Finds Sex Offenders in Child Care Programs
- Sex Offenders: MA Audit Finds Sex Offenders in Child Care
- Sex Offenders: WA Audit Finds Sex Offenders in Child Care
- Parents of infant who died at unlicensed Hampton daycare sue ownersJul 25, 2013 - The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
- Mikulski, Burr, Harkin, Alexander Introduce Bipartisan Reauthorization of Child Care and Development Block Grant to Help American Families Access Safe, Affordable, Quality Child CareJun 12, 2013 - http://www.mikulski.senate.gov
- EDITORIAL: Child care centers need standardsMay 29, 2013 - The Virginian-Pilot
- OPINION: Susan Nielsen: Oregon families squeezed by rising child care costs, falling wages Nov 11, 2013 - The Oregonian
- Businesses Ask Budget Conferees to Boost Early Childhood Education Nov 8, 2013 - CQ News
- Iowa's child care rating system aimed at quality Nov 1, 2013 - The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)