266 church-affiliated day cares need to be licensed by August

266 church-affiliated day cares need to be licensed by August

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - There are more than 200 day cares in Alabama that could be illegally operating if they don’t receive a license by Aug. 1.

Under a newly passed law, the 266 church-affiliated day cares in Alabama that receive federal funding or enroll children who receive a child care subsidy will need to be licensed.

“They need to be licensed and they’ve only got a few months to do that and we’ve got a limited number of people who can do inspections. So if they want to be licensed on Aug. 1, they need to look at getting that down now," said Barry Spear, a spokesperson for the Department of Human Resources.

There are 547 exempt facilities not on subsidy in the state. Under the new law, those facilities won’t need to be licensed but will need to have on-site documents proving annual fire and health inspections, immunization verifications for children, and medical history forms for staff and children.

Spear said the Department can’t decide whether an exempt facility is operating illegally or not. He said it is up to the district attorney to make that decision.

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