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Background Checks, Health and Safety Requirements, CCDF Plan

Information Memorandum: CCDF-ACF-IM-2011-05

Published: September 20, 2011
Categories:
Program Administration
Topics:
Current Guidance, Health & Safety Requirements, Other, States/Territories, Tribes
Types:
Information Memoranda
Tags:
Background Checks
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
1. Log No: CCDF-ACF-IM-2011-05 2. Issuance Date: September 20, 2011
3. Originating Office: Office of Child Care (OCC)
4. Key Words: Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), Background Checks, Health and Safety Requirements, CCDF Plan
 
To: State, Territorial, and Tribal Lead Agencies administering child care programs under the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 1990, as amended; State child care licensing agencies; child care resource and referral agencies; and other interested parties.
Purpose: The Office of Child Care (OCC) recommends that all child care providers undergo comprehensive criminal background checks. Accordingly, OCC is issuing this guidance to strongly encourage CCDF Lead Agencies to institute comprehensive criminal background checks for child care providers serving children receiving CCDF subsidies, as part of minimum health and safety requirements. A comprehensive criminal background check should include: (1) using fingerprints for State checks of criminal history records; (2) using fingerprints for checks of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) criminal history records; (3) checking the child abuse and neglect registry; and (4) checking sex offender registries.
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