Child Day Care
Frequently Asked Questions


What does child (day) care mean?

Child day care is the care by a parent substitute for a portion of a 24-hour day. The term " day care " service refers to both "day time" care and "night-time" care. "Night-time" care is usually provided after 7:00 p.m. This would also include so-called "third-shift", "odd hour", and week-end care.


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

How are day care providers licensed or approved?

If a provider is required to be licensed or chooses to be licensed, a staff member from either the County or State Department of Human Resources performs that function.


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

How do I get on the USDA Food and Nutrition program?

Contact the State Department of Education at 334-242-8249.


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

How do I start a Day Care Center?

Contact the Department of Human Resources Child Day Care Division at (334) 242-1425 and request to speak to Child Care Intake. A packet of information will be mailed to you upon your request to this unit.


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

How do I start a Day Care Home?

Contact the Department of Human Resources office in your county.


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

How do I get a copy of the Child Care Minimum Standards?

Two documents are available for your review:


  • Minimum Standards for Day Care Centers and Nighttime Centers
  • (PDF File)
  • Minimum Standards for Family Day Care Homes, Family Nighttime Homes, Group Day Care Homes, and Group Nighttime Homes
  • (PDF File)
     
    (Download Adobe Acrobat Reader)

    You are also invited to contact the Department of Human Resources Child Day Care Division at (334) 242-1425 and request to speak to Child Care Intake or go to the website for the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care .

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    How do I get a list of Child Care Providers?

    For Centers, contact the Department of Human Resources Child Day Care Division at (334) 242-1425 and request to speak to Child Care Intake.

    For Homes, contact the Department of Human Resources office in your county.


    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Does the Department of Human Resources provide start-up funding for new Child Care facilities?

    No.


    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    How do I file a complaint against a provider?

    Contact the Department of Human Resources Child Care Services Division at (334) 242-1425 or 1-866-528-1694 and request to speak to Child Care Intake. Complaints that are violations of the Child Care Minimum Standards will be investigated by the Department.