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  • The provider runs the child care out of the home.
  • The provider and other adults living in the home are required to have a federal background check
  • 6 hours of annual training in the field of early care and education is required

The Children, Youth, and Families Department registers family child care homes in accordance with the regulations found here. The state of New Mexico does not allow more than 4 non-resident children in a non-licensed (registered) family child care home.

Direct providers of care in non-licensed (registered) family child care homes:

  1. Must obtain background check eligibility before they can be registered as a non-licensed family child care home.
  2. Household members and/or any person who spends significant time in the household, as reported in the background check application, must undergo a CYFD database screen before the home can be registered as a non-licensed family child care home.

A Background Check for a direct provider of care in a Non-Licensed Family Child Care Home consists of:

Direct Providers of Care for Related Children:

  • A review of available state criminal histories. Beginning in 2001, the background check also includes a screen of CYFD’s child/adult abuse/neglect database. These are reviewed to determine whether disqualifying information exists. Background check eligibility is determined by and in accordance with criteria set forth and promulgated at Title 8, Chapter 8, Part 3 of the New Mexico Administrative Code, Governing Background Checks and Employment History Verification .

Direct Providers of Care for Non-Related Children:

  • A review of available federal and state criminal histories. Beginning in 2001, the background check also includes a screen of CYFD’s child/adult abuse/neglect database. These are reviewed to determine whether disqualifying information exists. Background check eligibility is determined by and in accordance with criteria set forth and promulgated at Title 8, Chapter 8, Part 3 of the New Mexico Administrative Code, Governing Background Checks and Employment History Verification.
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