Va. Gov. Terry McAuliffe Wants to Regulate Day Care Centers

Children at a day care facility

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.

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