Changes to requirements for child care providers in ND

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Starting in October, the North Dakota Department of Human Services will implement two additional federal requirements for criminal background checks of child care providers.

The changes are part of the federal Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014.

The first change requires all child care staff to complete a fingerprint-based background check.

The second requirement says new staff members cannot begin work until the state Department of Human Services reviews their in-state Bureau of Criminal Investigation or their national Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal history records.

The state agency says the additional checks are to ensure the protection and safety of children in licensed and regulated child care.