A new national report shows that Alabama is one of 14 states that allows some child day care centers to operate without being licensed and with few restrictions. The Federation of Child Care Centers of Alabama released the report by the Applied Research Center of Oakland, California, last month at a news conference at the Alabama Statehouse. The executive director of FOCAL, Sophia Bracy Harris, says the Legislature needs to act to require unlicensed day care centers to at least meet minimum health and safety standards. While most privately-owned day care centers in Alabama are licensed, state law allows church-owned facilities to operate without a license. It was pointed out at the news conference that about 40% of Alabama’s 2,000 centers are unlicensed.
Source: Associated Press
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