Support Background Checks for Child Care Providers

Support Background Checks for Child Care Providers


Children Should Be Safe in Child Care

Currently, there is no national safeguard to ensure that the more than 11 million children in child care are cared for by providers without a criminal record.  The reality is, state audits have found:

  • In Illinois, the addresses of 90 child care providers matched those for sex offenders
  • In California, the addresses of 49 child care providers matched those for sex offenders (in just one county)
  • In Kentucky, the addresses of 30 child care providers matched those for sex offenders

A comprehensive background check is the only way to ensure children are in the care of people without a criminal background.  A comprehensive check includes a fingerprint check against state and federal records, a check of the sex offender registry and the child abuse registry.  Only 17 states check the sex offender registry!  That’s just wrong!

In some cases, convicted felons are receiving taxpayer dollars to provide child care. That makes no sense!

Legislation is pending that would require child care provider background checks to make sure your children are safe.  But, Congress needs to pass the bill!

Help raise the visibility about the need to pass background check legislation by sending a letter to the editor of your local paper today!

It’s time for policymakers to hear from parents about common sense steps to protect children!  You can’t get more basic than a background check to weed out those who should not be working in child care. 

Click here to Take Action today!