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State Law Requires License to Run Day Care Center

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RALEIGH — State law requires a license for people in North Carolina who care formore than two children who aren't their own.

The law applies to neighborhood day care centers as well. The licenseprovides the state with a record of the child care operation and givesstate regulators a way to log complaints.

"People can call and ask what's in the file," said Peggy Ball, ChildDevelopment Division. "They can ask us is this person a registered familyhome. Do they meet the requirements."

State lawmakers are now considering tightening up the requirements toforce anyone who wants to run a day care to get a license. The bill wouldalso require child care providers to have a certain level of education andtraining.

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