Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants to require day care providers that receive public subsidies to acquire a state license.
The governor's staff told reporters in a press briefing in Richmond late Tuesday that McAuliffe will seek the new regulations during the 2015 legislative session.
The measure could affect 1,920 day care providers that currently operate without a license.
The governor's staff said the measure is in response to recent tragedies involving unlicensed day care providers, including an Oct. 21 fire at an in-home day care in Chesterfield County that killed a 1-year-old boy.
McAuliffe is set to unveil a proposed budget Wednesday morning that will include $2.7 million for 28 additional licensing staffers to handle the extra workload.