Don’t Be In The Dark About Child Care is a public awareness campaign of the Alabama Partnership for Children (APC) and VOICES for Alabama’s Children to inform the community about our state’s risky dual system of child care. In Alabama, there are licensed child care centers that are annually inspected by the Department of Human Resources to ensure minimum health & safety standards are met; and there are exempt child care centers that legally operate un-inspected and unregulated from the minimum health and safety standards. Currently, nearly one-half of child care centers in Alabama are legally operating un-inspected and unregulated; and the more frightening truth is that parents are completely unaware.
Did you know?
Alabama is one of only seven states that allows child care programs to legally operate without a license or inspection.
Technical Assistance Program
The Don’t Be in The Dark About Child Care campaign also understands that in order to improve the quality of child care and offer parents more quality child care options, it is critical to increase the number of licensed and inspected child care centers operating in Alabama. Through funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the development of the Technical Assistance Program is an effort of the APC to provide supplemental coaching and mentoring to directors and owners of exempt child care centers. The Technical Assistance Program is intended to assist exempt child care centers in obtaining a DHR license, as well as preparing for the new Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) regulations.