The Federal law regarding background checks will take effect beginning October 1, 2018. While DECAL must implement changes to Georgia’s current fingerprint background checks, ALL of the changes are a result of changes to the Federal law imposed by Congress and the DHHS Office of Child Care. Effective October 1, 2018:
- ALL child care employees will be required to both submit and obtain a cleared state or federal fingerprint check PRIOR to beginning work at a child care center. (GCIC checks will no longer be allowed).
- On October 1, 2018, a “PROVISIONAL EMPLOYEE” will be defined as an employee who has obtained a cleared state or federal fingerprint check. A Provisional Employee must be supervised AT ALL TIMES by an employee who has obtained a Comprehensive Criminal Records Check (CCRC).
- A Comprehensive Criminal Records Check (CCRC) consists of a state fingerprint check, a federal fingerprint check, a state sex offender check, a state child abuse registry check, a national sex offender registry check, and a check of any state in which an employee has lived in the last five years.
- Neither observational nor working interviews will be allowed as of October 1, 2018, unless the potential employee has obtained a cleared state or federal fingerprint check, and that potential employee must be supervised 100% of the time by a center employee with a CCRC.
- All substitutes must have a CCRC, or else, they must be supervised 100% of their time at the center by a center employee with a CCRC.