Licensing Policy and Procedures Handbook Revision August 15, 2008

This revision of the Licensing Policy and Procedures Handbook (LPPH) was published on August 15, 2008. Summaries of new revised items are provided below.

Background Checks for Center Employees

In response to legislation, Licensing Administrative rules have been adopted, effective June 1, 2008, that require an FBI fingerprint check on anyone hired or new to a child day care center after September 1, 2007. These rules also apply to anyone who is due for the 24-month background check update.

Rules were also revised to provide for a center that is experiencing a staff shortage and needs to hire a person to meet minimum child to caregiver ratios.


5300 Central Registry and Criminal History Searches

5310 Conducting DFPS Central Registry Searches

5320 Acting on Abuse and Neglect Findings

5321 Acting on Abuse and Neglect Findings in a DFPS Central Registry Report

5322 Acting on Abuse and Neglect Findings in Corresponding State Registries on Prospective Foster and Adoptive Homes

5330 Conducting Criminal History Checks

5340 Acting on a Report That Indicates a Criminal Record

5350 Opportunity to Request Risk Evaluation of Past Criminal History and/or Past Findings of Child Abuse and/or Neglect

Appendix 3000-1: Certain Criminal Offenses in the Texas Penal Code and the Health and Safety Code