New Hampshire Implemented Most New Criminal Background Check Requirements for Childcare Providers, but Challenges Remain for Unimplemented Requirements
New Hampshire implemented most of the new criminal background check requirements established under the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act. However, certain criminal background check requirements for childcare providers remained unimplemented as of March 1, 2018, and significant challenges may delay full implementation until 2019 or 2020. Specifically, these challenges include unavailable finances and staff to process the background checks, data system limitations, and required changes to State laws or policies and procedures. New Hampshire currently has until September 30, 2018, to implement the new criminal background check requirements. The outstanding challenges may mean that New Hampshire will not fully implement all of the requirements before the deadline and, therefore, New Hampshire may request an additional 1-year waiver from the Administration for Children and Families to address the challenges and comply with the new requirements.