A new bill proposing to amend the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 was proposed in the Senate on March 20, 2013, by Sen. Richard Burr [R-NC]. The proposed bill, the Child Care Protection Act of 2013, would require that background checks be performed on all Child Care Providers that receive funds under the act. Currently, the CCDBG does not require that background checks be performed for Child Care Providers.
According to Child Care Aware of America, “Only 13 states require a comprehensive check for staff in a child care center and only 11 states require a comprehensive check for individuals licensed to operate a family child care home.”
According to a summary by the Library of Congress, the bill would require all states that receive governmental funds to:
- Require and conduct criminal background checks for staff members of child care providers;
- Prohibit the employment of a child care staff member who refuses to consent to a criminal background check, makes a false statement in connection with such background check, is registered as a sex offender, or is a convicted felon involving certain crimes; and
- Provide criminal background checks to child care providers upon request.
Also, a financial penalty would be imposed on states that fail to comply with these new requirements.
Child Care Aware of America has recommended “that Congress require comprehensive background checks for all paid child care providers who regularly care for unrelated children and for providers who receive taxpayer funds to care for low-income children.”
Indiana recently passed a national criminal background check law that will go into place on July 1st of this year.
To learn more about the proposed Child Care Protection Act, go to Child Care Aware of America’s Press Release.
To read the bill in its entirety, visit the bill’s GovTrack page.
.Child Care Aware of America urges you to take action! Go to Child Care Aware of America’s Action Center to send a message to your Senator asking them to support this bill.