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Child care centers in the state of Alabama are licensed by the Department of Human Resources, Office of Day Care and Child Development, Montgomery, Alabama. To verify a child care center's license, and to obtain a list of licensing requirements you should contact the state DHR office at (334) 242-1425.

While state licensing is a requirement, and means a child care facility has met certain standards set by the state, licensed does not necessarily mean that a facility is the most suitable for your child.

When seeking child care services, consumers should make appointments to visit various facilities and learn about staff selection and credentials, you should also ask about child to adult supervisor ratios, the physical capabilities of the facility such as adequate space indoors and out, safety equipment and safety procedures and costs for the child care services and what is and is not included in the fees.

After selecting a child care facility, you may want to arrange for your child to visit the facility for a couple of hours before spending an entire day there, you should ask if there is an orientation session.

Most importantly, you should get to know the staff, and develop a good working relationship. Take an active interest and visit whenever possible to continue your observations and evaluations of the child care center.

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