April 3, 2012
Dear Child Care Provider:
The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), Division of Programs, Licensing Section is committed to providing protection, safety and quality care to children in out-of-home child care settings. The comprehensive hand-out about Criminal Background Checks that was referenced in the February 15, 2012, email to you has been revised to include clarifications regarding rap sheet and disposition information.
You are not required
to submit the rap sheet and disposition information to the Licensing Section for approval; however, you will be held accountable for allowing an individual to work on the child care premises prior to and/or without documentation of a satisfactory criminal background check. If it is determined by Licensing that an individual was allowed to work on the premises prior to and/or without documentation of a satisfactory criminal background check, a criminal background check deficiency will be cited as a violation of the child care minimum standards and may result in the revocation of your license. Although you are not required to submit the rap sheet and disposition information to the Licensing Section for approval, you still may do so if you need assistance in interpreting the rap sheet and disposition information.
It is very important that you routinely access the Child Care Updates page
on DCFS' website for new licensing information and updates from the DCFS Licensing Section. Computer access is available at all public libraries.
If you have any questions regarding this information, contact a Licensing Manager at (225) 342-9905.
Angie Badeaux, Director
DCFS Division of Programs