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  • Information about the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has been moved to a new, separate area. Information provided by DCDEE related to COVID-19 and child care providers, settings and health precautions can now be found on the Coronavirus Information for Child Care page.



New Criminal Background Check Legislative Changes

The 2022-2023 Appropriations Bill (HB 103) signed by Governor Cooper on July 11, 2022, made two important changes to North Carolina General Statute 110-90-2 regarding child care Criminal Background Checks.

The period for background check qualification renewals was revised from three years to five years

The provisional qualification period was reduced to forty-five days.

The Division intends to implement these changes as soon as possible.  An individual’s current Qualification Letter will be extended 2 years for the total of 5 years.  New Qualification Letters will not be generated.  Individuals with a Provisional Qualification Letter will receive a Qualification Letter on the 45th day. Letters are generated in the Criminal Background Check portal.     




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