The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), the federal law that sets the parameters from which state legislation is written, does not require background checks for child care providers. Most parents assume that background checks are required for licensed care, but this is not always the case. The list of tables below has a breakdown of state background check requirements, including fingerprint checks against state and federal records, the child abuse registry, and the sex offender registry. You can also select to view a one-page summary of our background check recommendations.
|State Background Check Requirements|
For more information on background checks, see our policy issues.