Background checks news and updates

Last updated September 12, 2019

News and Updates

September 12, 2019  Changes Coming September 30, 2019

Please click here for updated information on background check Processing Fee payments and refunds, Privacy Rights, complete Fingerprint cards, and Interstate background check requirements that will take effect on September 30, 2019.

September 4, 2019  Roster Update and Sept. 30, 2019 deadline

Thank you to everyone who has completed their Rosters!  Roster invitations have been emailed to all licensed child care centers, licensed group child care homes, and license-exempt center-based child care providers that receive the Care 4 Kids subsidy. Results will take time and will be provided in the order received.  DO NOT WAIT for Roster results.  The federal deadline remains September 30, 2019 for all staff and volunteers to have submitted a background check application if one was not completed through OEC within the past five years.

August 8, 2019  OEC Roster is ready to launch

The Office of Early Childhood (OEC) has finalized the OEC Roster and will begin sending out emailed invitations to agencies whose staff and volunteers are required to complete background checks through the OEC. Some providers will receive their emailed invitation sooner than others to avoid overloading the system.  Once you receive your agency’s email invitation, please follow the instructions to Register, then update the list of staff and volunteers and enter their demographic information plus addresses for at least the past five years. Once completed, OEC will research its records and report the background check status and whether each person listed will need a new background check.

July 11, 2019  OEC Roster is CLOSE to launch & Criminal Results Are Coming Faster

 The OEC Staff Roster email invitations have not gone out yet. OEC’s IT developers and Legal staff are working hard to prepare this electronic “app” system so it does what we all need it to do. We are very close to being ready for launch.

The CT Office of Early Childhood is pleased to announce that CT and national criminal background check results are being received from DESPP in less than three weeks from the time fingerprints are accepted. This is a tremendous improvement over the highest average delay of four months back in May, 2018, and was achieved through collaboration between OEC and DESPP.

May 22, 2019 OEC to Cover Background Check Processing Fees

Last Saturday Fingerprinting at DESPP May 18th, 2019

April 18, 2019 – New Federal Background Check Requirements – due 9/30/19

There are important new federal requirements for background checks that affect most child care providers. This is the first in a series of updates to help providers meet these requirements.

What is New?

  1. Background checks are more comprehensive, meaning that additional registries are checked to learn criminal, sex offender and child abuse or neglect histories.
  2. License-exempt providers who receive Care 4 Kids funding must now get background checks through the OEC (except youth camps and unlicensed Care 4 Kids providers related to all children in care).
  3. All child care providers, staff members, volunteers, and household members must get a comprehensive background check every 5 years.

Child care providers must meet these requirements by September 30, 2019. We know that these expanded comprehensive background check requirements may be a lot of work for you. OEC is working to make this as easy as possible.

January 19, 2019 — Update on background check database
The CT Office of Early Childhood (OEC) has been working to establish a database for background checks, namely the Applicant Background Check Management System (ABCMS), to meet updated federal requirements, align with Connecticut state laws, and meet the needs of facilities regarding background checks for childcare providers. Internal testing revealed problems with the system, and the OEC has decided to discontinue use of ABCMS in favor of enhancing an existing OEC data system. We expect this system will be available to the community in Summer 2019. You can read more about this project here. Additional information will be provided in the coming months.

December 20, 2018 — Change in background check requirements
Recent laws have changed background check requirements for people who work with children. Individuals who work in child care facilities must now get a background check at least once every five years. You can read more about the phase in of these laws and background check portability here.

November 19, 2018 — Increased background check fees
The processing fees for background checks have increased. Effective January 1, 2019 the new fees (per person) are as follows:

TypeFee
Child care center staff$88.25
Family child care providers, staff, and household members$88.25
Child care center volunteers$86.25

Background check documents received by OEC after 12/15/18 must include payment at the rates above. We can only process documents that include a check or money order for the correct amount. To avoid delays, please make sure your payment is accurate. If you’re requesting more than one background check, please include separate payments for each background check. You can read more about these changes here.

October 10, 2018 — Update from OEC Legal Division
Please see here important updates regarding:
– Applicant Background Check Management System (ABCMS)
– Upcoming increase in background check fees
– Updated requirements for child care staff who have not completed fingerprint-based background checks