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Oklahoma licensing law closes Edmond day care

FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: December 11, 2008 at 8:09 am •  Published: December 11, 2008
EDMOND — A child care center is shutting down indefinitely today as operators seek licensing through the state Department of Human Services.

On Wednesday, officials at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School posted an announcement for parents about the closing of the school’s Child Development Center and Extended Care program.

"We have been working on getting our state license for quite some time,” the announcement read. "Unbeknownst to us as of November 1st a law was passed that all child care facilities had to be licenced or shut down. We are working as fast as we can to get all the paperwork finished. DHS said it will probably be a week or two before everything gets finalized.”

Calls to the school were referred to Bill Coyle, a deacon at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. He could not be reached.

George Johnson, DHS spokesman, said the school contacted DHS on Tuesday and agreed to a voluntary shutdown.

"It has always been a requirement in the state of Oklahoma to have a child care license,” Johnson said, "but sometimes if they are attached to a school or a church, they (operators) think that they are exempt.


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