Kentucky Nonprofit Steps in to Help Parents Afford Background Checks for Tutors

By Michael Klazema on 9/3/2020

As the start of the 2020 school year arrives, many parents nationwide are facing challenging choices about how to balance work responsibilities with their children's educational needs. Though some school districts have opted to deliver in-person classes, many chose to continue with distance learning solutions. As fewer parents remain able to stay home during school hours, they face a complex problem surrounding child care.

The challenging nature of online learning has led many parents to worry about their child's academic progress, increasing the demand for private academic tutors. Parents must hire someone capable of looking after their child's needs, either during school hours or after school in support of their learning. Sometimes, these roles overlap. These unique requirements make finding a care provider much different than choosing a babysitter.

Carefully vetting any adult caregiver who will spend extended periods with a child is a crucial step. For many families, the hardships of the pandemic have made it a challenge to afford monthly bills. COVID-related shortfalls often leave little room in the budget for any extra expenses, such as background checks for tutors. In Kentucky, one nonprofit organization has raised funds to support parents in their local community by paying for background checks.

Based in Paducah, Kentucky, the Child Watch Counseling Advocacy Center provides local parents with free access to background checks for tutors and other professionals-for-hire. One level provides parents with a check into an individual's criminal background through a look at the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts, similar to the state-level search from A nationwide search of criminal records, such as the US OneSEARCH, is also an option, as is a state-level check to investigate past reports of abuse.

Parents need an ally in their struggle to provide a sense of normalcy along with an environment conducive to learning. Whether they choose an individual to provide child care during the day or tutor their child, establishing trust requires more than a few friendly conversations and a self-supplied resume. Taking advantage of affordable background checks for tutors is one way to instill greater confidence in child care.

Alongside background checks, other services could serve parents well in these situations. provides reference checks and professional license verification services. If a tutor claims to have certain credentials or certifications, make it a part of your due diligence to investigate such claims. 

Navigating the realities of virtual learning may be tough, but finding someone to support your family shouldn't be impossible or cost-prohibitive. With the right tools and assistance, maintaining parental peace of mind during the pandemic is far less stressful.

Tag Cloud
Recent Posts

Latest News

  • September 22

    Traditionally, employers have asked applicants about salary history. Now, a movement to ban the checks—criticized for upholding pay gaps—is picking up steam across the country.

  • September 17 Before the pandemic, safety in the childcare industry was a persistent concern. With the array of complications arising during COVID-19, sudden policy shifts are creating an even more challenging situation for parents.
  • September 16

    The coronavirus pandemic could bring with it an increase in families hiring freelancers or independent contractors to serve as tutors and homeschooling teachers. Here’s what you should know about background checks for these freelancers.

  • September 15

    Expungement opportunities are expanding across the nation, thanks in part to recent legislation to legalize or decriminalize marijuana. Here are a few recent legislative shifts to note.

  • September 10 Though the food truck industry has taken a hit because of COVID-19, many vendors continue to operate. Some communities are exerting more control in the name of public safety.
  • September 09

    Are tutor background checks necessary? As more parents hire tutors or part-time instructors for their kids amid the uncertainty that coronavirus has created around education, learn some of the ways to vet tutors before hiring them.

  • September 08

    A pending ordinance in Boston could ban the use of credit checks in most employment situation. The ordinance marks the latest development in the slow limiting of credit history checks across the employment landscape.

  • September 03 With many children starting the school year online while their parents head back to work, demand for in-house child care is rising with safety concerns.
  • September 02

    Are you considering the restart of hiring or bringing furloughed employees back to work? Consider these tips to ensure a more effective mid-pandemic strategy for hiring, onboarding, and employee background checks.

  • September 01

    Aged care organizations have the lofty responsibility of caring for individuals from a vulnerable population. In Michigan, new requirements will protect older adults from potential abuse, offering guidance for how aged care employee and volunteer background checks should function.