oec: Background Checks- IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT BACKGROUND CHECKS

Background Checks- IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT BACKGROUND CHECKS


Special Session Public Act No. 17-2, signed by the Governor on 10/31/17 makes several changes to the background check requirements for individuals who work in Connecticut child care facilities.  One change is that background checks are required “at least once every five years.”   The Office of Early Childhood (OEC) is phasing in those changes.






On 12/1/17, the fee for processing required background checks increased.

 

The new fees are:


For

Amount per person

Child Care Center Workers  


Family Child Care Providers,

Staff, and Household Members


$ 87.00

Child Care Center Volunteers

$ 85.75



Effective 12/1/17, the Office of Early Childhood will only be able to accept background check documents that are accompanied by required payments as outlined above.  Background check documents not accompanied by payment in the correct amount will be returned.



FEE CHANGE FOR BACKGROUND CHECKS


(EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 1, 2017)



Q:  Why is the fee for background checks changing?


A:   June Special Session, Public Act No. 17-2, AN ACT CONCERNING THE STATE BUDGET FOR THE BIENNIUM ENDING JUNE 30, 2019, contains a provision (Section 666) that increases the State’s portion of the fee for child care background checks (required by Connecticut General Statute (CGS) Sec. 19a-80(c) for child care center workers and volunteers, and CGS Sec. 19a-87b(c) for family home child care providers, their household members 16 or older, assistants, and substitutes).  Because the State’s portion of the fee is increasing from $50.00 to $75.00, the total fee (State + FBI) is increasing from $62.00 to $87.00 per person. 


Q:  What if I send background check documents with the wrong payment (or no payment?)


A:  The Office of Early Childhood (OEC) must return background check documents not accompanied by payment in the correct amount.  The documents must then be resubmitted with correct payment.

 


Family Child Care Home

FREQUENTLY-ASKED QUESTIONS

  

Q: Who is required to get fingerprint-based background checks?

A: Connecticut General Statutes Sec. 19a-80(c) applies to family home child care providers, their household members 16 or older, assistants, and substitutes.

 

Q: Where can I get fingerprinted?

A: Contact your local police department, or contact the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) Fingerprinting Division at (860) 685- 8270. Please note that some law enforcement agencies offer fingerprinting to the public on certain days and times or by appointment. Some agencies charge a fee to take fingerprints; this is separate from the OEC’s $87 background check processing fee.


Q: How much is the background processing fee? Can I write one payment check for multiple background checks?

A: Effective 12/1/17, the OEC background processing fee is $87.00 per person. For multiple background checks, we encourage you to submit individual checks if possible. This will prevent possible delays in processing. We can only accept checks or money orders for the correct amount. We do not accept cash, credit cards, or debit cards.

 

Q: My fingerprints were taken electronically, and the officer gave me a printed-out card. It looks similar to the green ones you sent me, but it’s in black ink. Is that OK?

A: Yes. As long as the card is in the same format as form DPS-125C (shown on reverse), DESPP will accept it.

 

Q: I got fingerprinted for something else just a few months ago. Can I use that background check for my family child care home application?

A: Yes, under the new legislation, PA 17-2, effective 12/15/17, you should submit a background check status inquiry form to OECResults@ct.gov or fax the form to 860-326-0555 to check whether you have a completed background check in the OEC database.

















Group Child Care Home or Child Care Center

FREQUENTLY-ASKED QUESTIONS


Q: Who is required to get fingerprint-based background checks?

A: Connecticut General Statutes Sec. 19a-80(c) applies to child care center employees and volunteers who are 16 or older and work with children 12 or more times per calendar year.

 

Q: Where can I get fingerprinted?

A: Contact your local police department, or contact the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) Fingerprinting Division at (860) 685- 8270. Please note that some law enforcement agencies offer fingerprinting to the public on certain days and times or by appointment. Some agencies charge a fee to take fingerprints; this is separate from the OEC’s $87 background check processing fee.

 

Q: How much is the background processing fee? Can I write one payment check for multiple background checks?

A: Effective 12/1/17, the OEC background processing fee is $87.00 per employee ($85.75 per volunteer.)  For multiple background checks, we encourage you to submit individual checks if possible. This will prevent possible delays in processing. We can only accept checks or money orders for the correct amount. We do not accept cash, credit cards, or debit cards.


Q: My fingerprints were taken electronically, and the officer gave me a printed-out card. It looks similar to the green ones you sent me, but it’s in black ink. Is that OK?

A: Yes. As long as the card is in the same format as form DPS-125C (shown on reverse), DESPP will accept it.

 

Q: I got fingerprinted for another employer just a few months ago. Can I use that background check for this new job?

A: Yes, under the new legislation, PA 17-2, effective 12/15/17, you should submit a background check status inquiry form to OECResults@ct.gov or fax the form to 860-326-0555 to check whether you have a completed background check in the OEC database.

 

Q: I am employed by a child care provider who operates multiple locations. Do I need to get a separate background check for each location?

A: Not if you include each location’s license number on your DCF authorization when you submit your background check documents. Please list license numbers for any locations where you might work. Please list the name and address of your primary work location.




If you have any other questions about the background check process, please call the OEC Legal Division at (860) 500-4466 or e-mail us at oecresults@ct.gov.

Once the fingerprints are submitted to state police for a criminal history records check, staff of that office process the request and send a secure email back to the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) indicating whether there is a “hit,” meaning something came back on the criminal history record check, or a “non-hit,” meaning nothing came back.

 

If there is a hit, staff of the OEC will review to determine if the hit is a disqualifying one.


The following memo describes how staff of the OEC determine whether someone is eligible or ineligible to provide care. Included is the list of crimes that may make a person ineligible to: (1) own, conduct, maintain or operate a child care center, group child care home, family child care home*; (2) be employed by a child care center, group child care home, family child care home; or (3) be an assistant or substitute staff member in a family child care home.

 

* In the case of a household member’s background check, the household member’s crime(s) could result in failure to license or action against a license for the provider.



 




Any additional questions may be directed to:


Office of Early Childhood

Legal Division

450 Columbus Blvd, Suite 303

Hartford, CT  06103

(860) 500-4466  •  oecresults@ct.gov

www.ct.gov/oec

OR

Department of Emergency Services

and Public Protection

1111 Country Club Road

Middletown, CT  06457

(860) 685-8480

www.ct.gov/despp

 
  



  
 




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