Child day centers are child day programs offered to (i) two or more children under
the age of 13 years in a facility that is not the residence of the provider or
of any of the children in care or (ii) 13 or more children at any location. A
child day program is a regularly operating service arrangement for children where,
during the absence of a parent or guardian, a person or organization has agreed
to assume responsibility for the supervision, protection and well-being of a child
under the age of 13 years for less than a 24-hour period.
Licensed programs must meet the standards promulgated by the State Board of Social Services. The Virginia Department of Social Services enforces these standards
by inspecting centers at least twice a year and investigating complaints.