The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

January 7, 2013

New law begins at day care centers

By Brian Graves, Staff Writer

Monday, January 7, 2013 — There are new rules at play for all child care workers in North Carolina.

Beginning at the first of the year, the state now requires anyone who assists in anyway with the care of children to have mandatory background checks performed.

They will then have to be run again every three years if the person continues to work in positions of caring for children.

The old law only required the checks for some child care workers.

Now, everyone including volunteers, temporary workers and people who watch children out of their homes must be checked.

A person is not allowed to watch children if they have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime involving child abuse or neglect.

North Carolina can also prevent anyone with alcohol or drug use or having mental or emotional impairments from working with children.

Susie Bowers has operated Susie’s Friends Day Care in Albemarle since 1996 and she has no problems with the new law.

“Even my husband and daughter had to be done,” Susie said.

“My daughter is probably only around them an hour a week, but that’s the standard I set. It’s like anybody here more than an hour a day, I have to have them checked.”

Bowers said the new laws were something that needed to be done.

“I have to have the health department come in and check me just like I am a restaurant and I think that’s how it should be,” Bowers said.

“So, I don’t have a problem with this. Even though some of the rules related to day care may seem whacky to some, when it comes to keeping the children safe it just makes sense.”