H.R.3986: Child Care Protection Improvement Act of 2019
H.R. 3986 is bipartisan legislation that would establish a task force to improve child care protections within interstate background checks. The Interagency Task Force for Child-Safety (Task Force) would be staffed by the Director of the Office of Child Care of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), The Associate Commissioner of the Children’s Bureau of HHS, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and other federal officials as designated by the President. The Task Force would identify and recommend best practices to Federal and State agencies regarding the implementation of Section 658H(a) of the Child Care Development Block Grant Act, which requires “that States shall have in effect requirements, policies, and procedures to require and conduct criminal background checks for child care staff members (including prospective child care staff members) of child care providers. Having procedures in place to conduct background checks on child care staff members will require coordination across public agencies.”
Additionally, the Task Force would create a list of State agencies that are not responding to interstate requests, identify challenges that States face in responding to such requests, analyze the average processing time, and more, to ensure better participation by States. The Task Force would submit a final report to the Secretary of HHS and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, an Pensions of the Senate, and the Committee on Education and Labor of the House of Representatives on their findings, and then terminate one year after submitting a final report.