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.