Did you know that some of the programs you are considering for your child may not be state licensed? Some might be exempt from licensing for certain reasons, and some might be operating unlawfully. Either way, when a program is not state licensed, they do not have unannounced inspection visits from state agents to make sure they are in compliance with health and safety rules and regulations. Unannounced drop-ins are not uncommon, so licensed daycare owners must always be on top of government mandated requirements or risk shutting their doors. Did you know that many “Mother’s Morning Out” programs, and many after school programs, often fall into the unlicensed category? If they are not licensed, they are not held to basic care standards by the state. In addition, home daycares can go through the process to be licensed, but some choose to operate unlawfully without going through the process. Some home daycares have been operating for years before being caught, so be sure to check, since even years of operation is no guarantee that they are complying with state regulations.