Privacy Requirements

States are required to provide background check results to child care providers in a statement that indicates whether the staff member is eligible or ineligible, without revealing specific disqualifying information.

If the staff member is ineligible, the state must provide information about each disqualifying crime to the staff member, and at the same time, information on how to appeal the results of the background check to challenge the accuracy and completeness.

The statute specifies that states may not publicly release the results of individual background checks. However, they may release aggregated data by crime as long as the data do not include personally identifiable information.


[1] CCDBG Act of 2014 658H(e)(2); Child Care and Development Fund, 45 C.F.R. § 98.43(e)(2) (2016).