- Requires a comprehensive background check (fingerprint checks against state and federal records, a check of the sex offender registry and a check of the child abuse and neglect registry) for all licensed, regulated, or registered providers
- Makes individuals ineligible to be employed by a child care provider, operate a family child care home, or receive child care subsidies if such individual –
o Refuses to consent to a criminal background check;
o Makes false statements in connection with a background check;
o Is registered or required to be registered on a state sex offender registry; or
o Has been convicted of a violent crime
- Requires complete background checks to be repeated every 5 years
- States not in compliance will have their CCDBG allocation reduced by 5 percent in the following fiscal year
- Becomes effective two years after enactment; the Secretary may grant a one year extension if a state is making a good faith effort to comply
- Creates Quality Pathways grants – a 3-year competitive, matching grant to states that demonstrate the greatest progress toward establishing a high-quality system of early learning that includes:
- Quality Pathways grants must be used to place more disadvantaged children into higher quality programs, including allowing grantees to reserve up to 25 percent of their grant for expanding disadvantaged children’s access to quality early learning programs offering full-day, full-year services.
- Creates Development grants – a 3-year competitive, non-renewable grant to states that do not qualify for a Quality Pathways grants, but commit to developing a high-quality system of early learning.