Professional Development

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What You Need to Know About Background Checks

The physical safety of young people is a basic tenet of quality afterschool programs. Because staff and volunteers are key to providing quality programs, a logical—and necessary—starting point is pre-employment background checks.

As afterschool professionals, programs and organizations strive to meet basic quality standards for the physical safety of young people, the following background check resources can help:

From knowing what comprehensive background checks include to federal and state requirements, these resources will keep you knowledgeable, enhance your hiring practices, and assist you in taking the first step to ensure kids' physical safety.