DHS hinders hiring at childcare centers

Published: Oct. 26, 2021 at 7:15 PM CDT
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MOORHEAD, MN (Valley News Live) - The Minnesota Department of Human Services has limited their availability to process fingerprinting and background checks, making it almost impossible for childcare centers and other businesses to hire more staff. That’s causing a crisis for families in need of reliable care.

Following the airing of this story, Minnesota Inspector General Kulani Moti issued this statement:

“Fingerprint background checks are required to protect children and vulnerable adults receiving services. In 2020, at the height of the pandemic, the Minnesota Department of Human Services conducted emergency background studies to help providers meet staffing needs and continue services. Now, DHS is transitioning back to fingerprint background studies in accordance with state and federal law. We understand that this means additional work and time for child care providers and their employees; and we recognize the need for additional fingerprint locations statewide. Our vendor is working on adding sites. In the meantime, DHS will continue to provide updated information to operators of child care centers and family child care homes, and will work with them to ensure the background check process is as smooth as possible.”

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