Child Care Interstate Background Checks (CC-IBaCs)


The Child Care Interstate Background Checks (CC-IBaCs) project seeks to fill gaps in knowledge to inform states’ and territories’ implementation of interstate background checks mandated by the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014. The project will identify barriers and promising solutions to implementation of interstate background checks and provide ACF and Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) administrators with timely information to support states’ and territories’ compliance with the provisions of the law. As part of the CC-IBaCs project, CNA will conduct research and analysis into the requirements of the CCDBG Act of 2014, determine the implementation status of states and territories, and identify any policy, organizational, and resource constraints that CCDF lead agencies face. The project will consist of multiple activities, including:

  • a review of available information on the implementation of background checks
  • a scan of all 56 states and territories to better understand the status of implementation and common barriers or promising solutions
  • an in-depth examination of select states’ implementation strategies
  • a prevalence study to examine overlap and unique contributions of each component of background check

Through active engagement with stakeholders and experts, ACF’s goal is to provide timely information, and options to help states achieve full implementation of the CCDBG Act interstate background check requirements.

The points of contact are Sarah Blankenship and Meryl Yoches Barofsky.

Information collections related to this project have been reviewed and approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs under ACF’s Generic Clearance for Formative Data Collections for ACF Research (OMB #0970-0356). Related materials are available at the Child Care Interstate Background Checks (CC-IBaCs) Environmental Scan Visit disclaimer page page on

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The purpose of this research brief is to provide a summary of available information on the known barriers to and solutions for implementing out-of-state background checks. This summary is intended to inform OCC, states, and TA providers on the type of support needed to implement the CCDBG Act out-of-state background check requirements.