State gets waiver for background checks on child care providers

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BISMARCK, N.D. - The federal government is easing background check requirements for child care providers.

The state Department of Human Services says a one-year waiver will allow new employees hired by licensed and regulated child care providers in North Dakota to begin working under direct supervision before their background checks are complete.

The waiver is valid through Sept. 30, 2019.

Starting Oct. 1, 2018, a federal requirement prohibited new child care staff members from working until the department received and reviewed their criminal history records from BCI or the FBI.