Language Translations of Public Comment Period Notice
Language Translations of New Background Record Check Regulations
At its December 10, 2013 meeting, the Board of Early Education and Care adopted amendments to the Department of Early Education and Care's (EEC) Criminal Offender and Other Background Record Checks regulations, 606 CMR 14.00. These amendments broaden the scope of the existing regulations by adding new requirements for fingerprint-based checks of national and state criminal history databases and Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) checks from the Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB). These new background record checks will be required for persons seeking EEC licensure, certification or approval; employees, volunteers, and interns for EEC licensed, approved, or funded programs; household members and those regularly on the premises of family child care homes; in-home non-relative EEC-funded caregivers; adoptive and foster parents and their household members; and transportation providers on behalf of any EEC licensed, approved, or funded program. Only SORI checks will be required for EEC funded informal relative caregivers. CORI, DCF and fingerprint-based checks, with certain exceptions, will be conducted every three years and SORI checks will be conducted periodically. In certain circumstances, programs may make conditional offers of employment while awaiting the results of fingerprint-based checks.
These amended regulations are now effective on an emergency basis. EEC will accept written public comment on these amended regulations until January 17, 2014. A copy of the amended regulations may be accessed at http://www.mass.gov/edu/docs/eec/2013/20131212-brc-revisions.pdf, and a Notice of Public Comment, which includes information regarding where to send comments, can be found at http://www.mass.gov/edu/docs/eec/2013/20131212-public-comment-notice-brc-regs.pdf.