Where To Report An Illegal Daycare?


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Home Child Care licensing is a matter for your state's Licensing Bureau. You can find their contact numbers in the state government listings in your phonebook. However, not all states or even counties in that state, require a license.
Of the 50 United States, 43 require certification. The seven that don't are:

  • Arizona
  • Idaho
  • Louisiana
  • New Jersey
  • Ohio
  • South Dakota
  • Virginia
Some states, like Florida, have differentiating laws between each county. Some states, like New York and Vermont, have a specified number of children eligible to care for before needing a license. Some states disagree though, like Michigan, which requires any and all day care to have certification.

There are pros and cons to illegal daycare. The con side is that actually, gaining a license can be beneficial to your credibility and business, thus making you more income. Additionally you become eligible for grants and subsidies from the government.

On the other hand, some people choose to remain unlicensed because of their opposition to state involvement. Some carers wish to retain the freedom to operate how best suits them, and not to undertake courses to improve their care abilities.
The dilemma lies in whether to trust someone or not, and whether you can deal with the impact that reporting them would have on their income. Do they depend on it? Are they irresponsible? Is it necessary to report them? All are valid questions.

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