Appeals Process

States must have a process by which child care staff members (including prospective staff members) may appeal the results of their background check to challenge for accuracy and completeness. The state must ensure the following:

  • Each individual is given notice of the opportunity to appeal
  • Each individual receives clear instructions about how to complete the appeals process
  • If the staff member files an appeal, the state will attempt to verify the accuracy of the information challenged
  • The appeals process is completed in a timely manner
  • Each staff member or prospective staff member receives a written notice of the decision


[1] CCDBG Act of 2014 658H(e)(3); Child Care and Development Fund, 45 C.F.R. § 98.43(e)(3) (2016).