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Increased Background Checks Coming For Home Daycares

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Brenda O'Brian has been doing in-home daycare for almost 14 years.

"I've always worked with kids," Brenda said.

In her line of work, she knows it takes a lot of hoops to jump through to become a registered daycare, including background checks.

"It's a huge peace of mind for them and for me, because they know I'm not just watching kids for fun. This is my job. This is my career," Brenda said.

So, when she found out she will need fingerprint background checks through the FBI for her, her husband and eventually her kids, she understood.

"You don't want just anybody watching your kids. These are your precious kids," Brenda said.

This is referring to in-home, not daycare centers. Out of those, parents should know not every home daycare is registered with the Department of Human Services, nor does it have to be.

"There's a lot of people out there that are non-registered that are great people, but for me, if I had a child going to daycare, that would be one of the top things on my list is -- are you registered?" Brenda said.

And you have the right to ask for that and background check information.

As of July 1, that will include the results from the FBI.

But Brenda said sometimes you won't need to ask.

"Whether you pick me or somebody else, you always get that feeling in the pit of your stomach that something's not right. Go with that feeling," Brenda said.

Other things to consider:

--Their history with the Department of Motor Vehicles.
--Request a credit report check. This can often show whether they are responsible.
--Social Security Number trace. This can help determine whether the person has lived and worked where they say.
--Court record checks.
 
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