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This resource simplifies finding criminal background check contact information for other states. It is maintained by the National Center on Subsidy Innovation and Accountability (NCSIA).

Many Lead Agencies have created websites or have developed technological solutions to help streamline the process for child care background checks. This brief provides some state examples.

This sample monitoring form can be adapted by Tribal Lead Agencies to reflect their unique Tribal health and safety standards for monitoring staff and inspectors to use when monitoring.

Ideas for creating a reporting process for parents to submit complaints about child care providers, verify and respond to complaints, maintain records of substantiated complaints, and share this information with the public if requested. 

This brief is part of an ongoing effort with the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care (OCC) to provide guidance to the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Lead Agencies concerning the implementation of criminal background check requirements.

This guide focuses primarily on issues related to the Federal checks that are required by CCDBG and does not address all of the required components, most notably the child abuse and neglect (CAN) registry checks.

This brief describes licensing requirements for group child care homes in 2020 and identifies trends from previous years of data collection.

This brief describes licensing requirements for child care centers in 2020 and identifies trends from previous years of data collection.

The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance has conducted a large-scale research study of child care licensing provider and facility requirements every three years since 2005.