State law requires background studies for anyone age 13 years or older living in a child care home or assisting in care. Background studies are a vital part of licensed family child care as they ensure that those providing care and those with access to children do not have a history that may put children at risk.
Background studies were enhanced to meet federal requirements detailed in the 2014 Child Care and Development Block Grant. These new enhanced background studies must be obtained through the Department of Human Services and their NETStudy 2.0 system. Federal and state law requires enhanced background studies to be updated every five years.
Getting an enhanced background study
The first step in getting an enhanced background study is to submit a Data Collection Form to your licensor. Your licensor will then send you specific NETStudy 2.0 instructions to help you complete the process.
For more information, see the Minnesota Department of Human Services Child Care Provider Background Studies page.