Health Department Allowed to Delay Fingerprinting Requirement

Child care providers in North Dakota have one extra year to comply with new regulations. 

The State Department of Human Services was granted a one-year waiver when it comes to new federal criminal background check requirements. 

Namely the provision requiring a fingerprint-based background check.

The department’s criminal background check unit says since the new regulations went into place in October, it has received 1,014 requests for fingerprint background checks. 209 more requests than in September of 2018. 

The Department of Human Services says 75% of those new requests logged in October are related to early childhood services.

Daycares can now hire new employees and get them working right away before their background checks are complete. Those employees will be under direct supervision.

The fingerprint regulation is a result of the federal Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014.

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