Religiously Exempt Child Day Centers (RECDC)
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About RECDC

Child care centers operated by religious institutions may be exempt from licensure, per § 63.2-1716 of the Code of Virginia, if the religious institutions submit certain documents to the Virginia Department of Social Services prior to opening the child day center and then annually prior to the expiration date of their exemption.

The Virginia Department of Social Services, Division of Licensing, may send inspectors to these facilities only to confirm that they are in compliance with Code requirements and to investigate complaints.

Code of Virginia References

RECDC Applicants

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State law requires that facilities operated as child day centers be licensed. Centers operated by religious institutions may, however, exercise an option to be exempt from licensing standards, provided the religious institution files certain information with the Virginia Department of Social Services prior to opening the center and then annually prior to the expiration date of its exemption. This exemption applies if the religious institution is actually operating the center, not if another entity is operating the center using its space.

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Current RECDC Providers (includes forms)

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