• Child Care Centers – Caregivers care for thirteen or more children and legally operate in one of two ways: licensed or license exempt (Church sponsored centers are exempt, but may choose to be licensed).
  • Family Day Care Homes – One caregiver cares for no more than six unrelated children in the caregiver’s home and must be licensed.
  • Day Care Group Homes – Two or more caregivers care for no more than twelve children and must be licensed.  In Alabama, child care centers that operate less than four hours a day are not regulated by the Department of Human Resources.

If you feel your family’s income is low enough to qualify for financial child care assistance, contact your County Department of Human Resources for more information.