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Changes to Criminal Background Checks

22 Feb 2019 3:07 PM | Carrie Casey (Administrator)

Childcare programs across the state of Texas have a new challenge to manage: a new criminal background check procedure.

In my opinion this is going to a huge mess for a while.  Eventually the state will figure it out, but right now- it is a shit show.  pardon my French.  We had a hard enough time getting applicants to show up for interviews and then fingerprint checks, but now we have to rely on THEM to sign up on their own, pay for it and actually get it done.

I don't see it happening.  I really don't.  The level of hand holding the Director's are going to have to do is going to go from a 7 on a scale of 1-10 to a 12.  

How many people applying to work an entry level job are going to have funds to pay for the background check?  How many of them check their email daily?  If it were social media, then yes, but email - NO.

In case you don't know what I'm going on about, please take a moment to watch this video training about the new system.


In addition to the fact that the center is no longer in charge of scheduling fingerprint checks and won't be notified about prior criminal history, in addition there is not REALLY a procedure for screening folks who have not been residents of the State of Texas for the past 5 years.  There is a sort-of procedure for folks who have lived in other states, but NONE (as of yet) for those who lived in other countries.  What about American territories like Samoa and Puerto Rico?  No idea.

Please take a moment to survey your existing staff and find out

  • how many have lived outside of Texas in the past 5 years, 
  • how many that was true of when they started working in childcare & 
  • how many would have continued to apply if they had to pay for a background check before being offered a job.


I want to know.  If you send me this information, I will send you a free copy of our pre-service training book. 



Comments

  • 22 Feb 2019 6:41 PM | Anonymous
    I currently have no one who has lived outside of Texas in the past five years, but not to say that the next applicant will be the one.

    To the best of my knowledge they have been truthful about when they worked in childcare before, in the past when you got back the result it would list the prior centers that had submitted a background check, this was very helpful.

    It is difficult for applicants to pay up front money when they don't know if they will even be hired or getting a pay check. In the entry level jobs out of pocket money is difficult for potential applicants.

    When the DFPS/HHS keep changing rules, it is very difficult to keep up with the changes as promptly as they would like. I do my best, I am human.
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  • 26 Feb 2019 8:36 AM | Anonymous
    I currently have one who has lived outside of Texas in the past five years

    As far as I know they have been truthful about when they worked in childcare before, in the past when you got back the result it would list the prior centers that had submitted a background checks it showed other centers who had submitted as well so that was also a way of double checking.

    I do not think many will apply if they are having to put money upfront for a job they don't even know if they are going to get.

    I am so confused by all the changes and it is overwhelming because it is also a high weight standard so I do not want to be out of compliance.
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  • 27 Mar 2019 11:30 PM | Melissa Voreh
    We have 10 out of 19 who have live outside of Texas in the last 5 years but most of our employees are military.

    I have not found the people we hire but we do check with former employers.

    Only a few would have stayed
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