Some church child care programs must get licenses

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- State officials say church-sponsored child-care programs such as parents' day out, must either obtain licenses or limit their programs to no more than two days a week.

The Tennessean reports the programs have been given until next summer to comply with the rules after Department of Human Services attorneys scrutinized the child-care center law and determined it had been misinterpreted.

DHS said in a statement that it will work with child care providers over the next year to explore any possible compromise. Meanwhile, some providers are lobbying to change the law before the July deadline to comply.

Annual licensing fees range from $100 to $500, but state health and safety requirements could force some programs to close.

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