NEW Background Check Requirements | Effective September 30th

New Background Check Requirements:

Rules to Impact Child Care Centers, School-Age Child Care Centers, Family Child Care Homes and Qualified Exempt Child Care Homes 

On September 30, 2020, new background check rule requirements will go into effect. These new rules are to better align background check requirements with the Federal Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Regulations.

Review the rules here or visit the Colorado Office of Early Childhood website for more information.

Start Preparing Now!

  • Review notable changes (listed below) as well as the full rule document (linked above)
  • Ensure all current employees are aware of changes.
  • Develop procedures to ensure beginning September 30, 2020, all new employees complete all background checks, including those required under the new rules, before caring for children unsupervised.

Notable changes include:

Requirements for new staff employed or staff re-fingerprinted starting September 30, 2020:

  • Individuals will be required to complete the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) Background Investigation Unit’s (BIU) State-Based Background Checklist (coming soon!)

Individuals and prospective employees will be required to complete State-based Background Checks for all states where they have resided within the past five (5) years. These include:

  •  State Criminal History Check
    •  Must be completed using the approved state agency of previous residence procedures;
    •  Searching a public-facing judicial website does not satisfy this requirement,
    •  This check may be conducted using a fingerprint or name-based check.
  • State Sex Offender Registry Check
    • Must be completed using the approved state agency of previous residence procedures;
    • This check may be conducted using a fingerprint or name-based check.
  • State Child Abuse and Neglect Registry Check
    • This is a name-based search

All results of previous state(s) of residence Criminal History, Sex Offender Registry, and Child Abuse and Neglect checks must be sent together with the State-Based Background Checklist to the OEC’s Background Investigation Unit to receive a clearance letter. Additionally, copies of the reports must be kept on file and be available for review upon request.

Specific questions regarding the new rule requirements may be directed to the Office of Early Childhood’s Background Investigation Unit at cdhs_oec_cbc_biu@state.co.us or 303.866.5043.

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