Bill to require extensive background checks for at-home day care workers advances in Assembly

A bill to require extensive criminal background checks for at-home day care providers in New Jersey cleared an Assembly committee Thursday.



The background checks would be performed on providers who care for three to five children in their home. The checks would put at-home providers more in line with laws already applied to day care centers.



Assemblywoman Elizabeth Maher Muoio says that the law would impact, "Anyone that has access to children who are in those providers' settings. So it would be the actual person - the provider themselves - or if they have family members that have access to the children while they are in the home. Everybody that has access to the children would undergo a background check."



The background checks would screen for at least 14 different crimes.


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