• Home
  • Criminal Background Services

New Comprehensive Background Check 9/21/16


Recently, a new federal law was passed that affects all licensed child care programs and a select few license-exempt programs. This new law requires that all child care employees across the nation undergo a rigorous comprehensive background check.

This new comprehensive background check includes a check of the following:

1. A national fingerprint-based criminal history (which Georgia currently requires);

2. The Georgia Child Abuse Registry (which requires consent);

3. The National Sex Offender Registry (which requires consent);

4. A state fingerprint-based criminal history for every US territory, tribal land or state (other than GA) in which an employee has lived in the past five years (which requires reporting and

consent); and 

5. The state child abuse registry in every US territory, tribal land or state (other than GA) in which an employee has lived in the past five years (which requires reporting and consent).

For More Information, read more

For the current application

Fingerprint Background Check

Effective January 1, 2014 Georgia passed new regulations and legislation that require new employees working in licensed child care settings to undergo federal fingerprint background checks in order to work with children.  Existing employees that remain at the same program are "grandfathered" in until January 1, 2017 at which time they must have submitted to DECAL their fingerprint checks for determination.

There have been many questions about "who" is an employee in the eyes of DECAL.  Please review this chart by DECAL for clarification.

                                             Definition of an Employee

An employee can be hired utilizing a "provisional employee" status which means that they have a satisfactory state criminal record check that was run within 10 days of hire.  The provisional employee will then have 21 days to "submit" to DECAL their fingerprint check and wait for DECAL to return the determination results to both the employee and the employer.  If a program uses a state check, they must make a determination of those results.  They must be run with a purpose code " w", works with children.  To make a determination, the owner/director should sign and date the results and write on it that they can or cannot work.  Some crimes that are returned on state results are permissible to still work with children, such as a DUI or shoplifting under $100.  It is up to each employer to make this determination.  Contact your consultant with specific questions.

                         Tips on How to Read a Preliminary Record Check

Renew/Join GCCA Learn More »
Donate to our Early Education Advocacy Fund Click Here »
Webinars Learn More »
Login to Members Only Section

5490 McGinnis Village Place, Suite 215
Alpharetta, Georgia 30005
Phone: (770) 752-4117
Fax: (770) 752-4207