Families Want Children to be Safe in Child Care

Help Needed: New Background Check Bill!

Last week, Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI) introduced H.R. 3829, the Child Care Accountability and Responsibility Act of 2012 or (CARE for Kids Act), which calls on states to require a criminal background check against federal and state records, as well as a check of the sex offender, child abuse and neglect registries for employees of child care providers, family child care providers, and adults who reside in the private residences of family child care providers in States that receive funds from the Child Care and Development Block Grant Program, and for other purposes. Now, it is our job to try to urge Members in the House to cosponsor the bill!

Children ought to be safe in child care. Parents logically assume that a child care license means child care providers have had a background check. In New Jersey, fingerprint-based criminal background checks are only required for all staff working with children in child care centers.
New Jersey has no legislative protection for children who are cared for in family child care homes. Since New Jersey has a voluntary registration law, most citizens incorrectly assume that children in the care of a State-registered provider or a provider who is reimbursed for child care through State funds has, at a minimum, had an appropriate criminal background check.

Taxpayer dollars should not be used to pay convicted felons or sex offenders to care for children. The Moore bill will put a stop to that practice.

Take Action Now!


today to send an e- letter to your representative and ask him/her to cosponsor H.R. 3829, the CARE for Kids Act introduced by Rep. Moore (D-WI).

Thank you for your efforts to protect children!

NACCRRA, the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies




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