On Thursday, May 9, 2013, Rep. André Carson [D-IN] introduced a new bill in the House of Representatives that would increase background check requirements for Child Care Providers throughout the nation. The full title of the bill is “To amend the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 to require criminal background checks, inspections, and training of child care providers.”
The proposed bill would require “a comprehensive background check for all licensed, regulated or registered child care providers,” according to Child Care Aware of America. Background checks would include fingerprint checks against both state and federal records, along with checks against the child abuse registry and sex offender registry.
Currently, only 12 states require these comprehensive background checks. Child Care Aware of America advises, “The only way to make sure that convicted felons are not licensed or paid to care for children is through a background check that uses fingerprints. A name check only is simply not effective.”
Indiana recently passed a national criminal background check law that will go into place on July 1st of this year.
To learn more about proposed bill H.R. 1925 and to read the entire bill, visit the bill’s GovTrack page.
Child Care America urges you to act! Write a letter to your Representative asking them to support H.R. 1925. Visit Child Care of America’s Aciton Center to send a message to your Representative urging them to support this bill.