2013 Code of Alabama
Title 38 - PUBLIC WELFARE.
Chapter 7 - CHILD CARE.
Section 38-7-3 - License to operate or conduct child-care facility - Required; exemption for church preschool programs; filing of notices, maintaining records, etc.; form for affidavits by parents or guardians; investigation of complaints by district attorney.


AL Code § 38-7-3 (2013) What's This?
Section 38-7-3License to operate or conduct child-care facility - Required; exemption for church preschool programs; filing of notices, maintaining records, etc.; form for affidavits by parents or guardians; investigation of complaints by district attorney.

No person, group of persons or corporation may operate or conduct any facility for child care, as defined in this chapter, without being licensed or approved as provided in this chapter; provided, however, that nothing in this section or in this chapter prohibits an employee of the department from carrying out the duties of the department as provided in this title. Provided, further, the provisions of this chapter shall not apply to preschool programs which are an integral part of a local church ministry or a religious nonprofit elementary school, and are so recognized in the church or school's documents, whether operated separately or as a part of a religious nonprofit elementary school unit, secondary school unit or institution of higher learning under the governing board or authority of said local church or its convention, association, or regional body to which it may be subject; provided that notice is filed by the governing board or authority of the church or school with the department that said church or school meets the definition of a local church ministry or a religious nonprofit elementary school under terms of this section and are exempt from regulation by the department and a notice of intent to operate said programs is given to the appropriate fire and health departments so that said facilities shall be inspected in accordance with the state and local fire and health requirements for such programs. In addition, all exempt churches hereunder shall publish annually, on church letterhead, a notice to the department certifying that the following records are being maintained by the church: fire and health inspection reports; immunization verifications for all children; medical history forms for all staff and children and that the following information shall be available to parents or guardian prior to enrolling their children in said church ministry; staff qualifications; pupil-staff ratio; discipline policies; type of curriculum used in the learning program; the religious teachings to be given each child; and the type of lunch program available; provided further that prior to enrolling and annually thereafter parents or guardian and a responsible individual representing the governing board as authority of the church or school be required to sign and file with the department the affidavits provided by this section that the parents or guardian have been notified by said responsible individual that the church or school has filed notice and is exempt from regulation by the department. The district attorney of the county in which the preschool program is located shall, upon proper presentment of charges, investigate at his discretion any allegations against any such church under the laws of the State of Alabama.

Form of Affidavit for Parent/Guardian

STATE OF ALABAMA

COUNTY OF _____

Before me, a notary public in and for said state and county, appeared _____ and is known to me, after being duly sworn or affirmed, says as follows:

That affiant is the parent or legal guardian of the minor child/children _____; that affiant has been notified by _____, a representative of _____ church/school, that said church or school has filed notice and is exempt under law from regulation by the Department of Human Resources.

______ Parent/Legal Guardian

Sworn, or affirmed to and subscribed before me this _____ day of _____, 19__

Form of Affidavit for Church/School

STATE OF ALABAMA

COUNTY OF _____

Before me, a notary public in and for said state and county, appeared _____ and is known to me, after being duly sworn or affirmed says as follows:

That affiant is the designated representative of _____ church/school and that the below listed parents/guardians have been notified prior to enrollment/reenrollment that _____ church/school has filed notice with and is exempt under law from regulation by the Department of Human Resources: ______

_______________ Representative

Sworn or affirmed to and subscribed before me this ____ day of ______, 19__ .

_______________ Notary Public

(Acts 1971, 3rd Ex. Sess., No. 174, p. 4423, §3; Acts 1981, No. 81-310, p. 396.)

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