By Scott Soutullo, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
In Alabama, child day care centers are classified in one of two groups: Licensed or License Exempt. All centers, under Alabama law, that require a child day care license must be licensed by the Department of Human Resources. Child day care licenses need to be renewed every two years. The Department of Human Resources sets for minimum standards to qualify for a license. Once a license is approved, child day care centers must remain in compliance with these licensing regulations.
As part of the Department of Human Resources, the Child Care Services Division – Office of Child Care Licensing has the responsibility of licensing the facilities, visiting the facilities to verify compliance with child day care centers, and investigating allegations or incidents of non compliance with both licensed and license exempt (church) child care centers. You can access the Official Website for the Department of Human Resources for more information at Licensing Overview for Alabama Child Day Care Centers.
Compliance with State of Alabama rules and regulations for child day care centers is important from both a licensing and a safety standpoint. While compliance cannot completely avoid child personal injuries from happening at Alabama facilities, compliance can hopefully reduce the incidence of these injuries.