March 16, 2011
NACCRRA Supports the Child Care Protection Act of 2011
Legislation will require comprehensive background checks for all
licensed, regulated, or registered child care providers
Arlington, VA – The National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) announced its support for the “Child Care Protection Act of 2011”introduced today by U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC). The bill requires a comprehensive background check (state and federal fingerprint check, sex offender registry check, and check of the child abuse and neglect registry) for all licensed, regulated or registered child care providers.
“NACCRRA’s 2010 nationwide poll of parents shows that 95 percent of parents with children under age 5 support a background check for child care providers,” said NACCRRA Executive Director Linda K. Smith. ”The reality is that only a handful of states conduct effective background checks. Without a comprehensive check, parents have no way of knowing whether their child care provider has a history of violent convictions. We commend Senator Burr for his commitment to children and making their safety a top priority through the introduction of the ‘Child Care Protection Act of 2011.’”
NACCRRA has released several reports that examine state laws and regulations with regard to child care centers and family child care homes. The most recent report (We Can Do Better: Update 2011) found that only 10 states conduct effective background checks on child care center staff – state and federal fingerprint record checks, a check of the sex offender and child abuse and neglect registries. A name check alone leaves children to chance. Currently, the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), the law that allocates funds to states for child care, does not require background checks. To ensure that children are in settings that are safe and promote healthy development, NACCRRA recommends that Congress require comprehensive background checks for all paid child care providers who regularly care for unrelated children.
Burr will be honored for his commitment to quality child care and improving the lives of families and children at a reception during NACCRRA’s National Policy Symposium, March 15-19, 2011.
NACCRRA, the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, is our nation's leading voice for child care. We work with more than 800 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to ensure that families in every local community have access to high quality, affordable childcare. To achieve our mission, we lead projects that increase the quality and availability of child care professionals, undertake research, and advocate child care policies that positively impact the lives of children and families. To learn more about NACCRRA and how you can join us in ensuring access to high-quality child care for all families, visit us at www.naccrra.org.