New bill challenges unlicensed day care centers in Maryland

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In late April, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed a bill that affects hundreds of child care facilities.

Under the new regulations of HB 329 and SB 312, child care providers are required to include their license number on any advertisement they may have for their day care business, amongst other changes. 

“Hopefully, it will provide more safety care for children, more awareness to parents who need child care and hopefully, it will educate the parents,” said Karolyn Martin, state director for the Washington County Child Care Providers.

The state demands that day care providers meet various requirements before obtaining a license.

Martin said that the main concern for non-licensed providers is that they aren’t prepared and having a license will prepare them for any troubles they may face.

 “What if your home catches on fire, what are you going to do with 10 children? You know, you have to be prepared for emergencies, its not just teaching the children their ABCs, their colors, their shapes – its more to it,” said Martin.

The law also states that Maryland officials will be issuing fines to providers that do not follow the new law. Violators could be fined anywhere from $250 to $5,000.

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