A new state agency created to consolidate day care licensing procedures will have positive effects for Carroll, says the county's child care coordinator.
"It reinforces that there is a need for day care, since it is significant enough for the state to form an agency to deal with it," said Leslie Hinebaugh, Carroll's child care coordinator. "There will be more assistance available to the counties."
Hinebaugh said she expects organizational and educational assistance, not financial aid, from the new organization.
The agency, the Child Care Administration, opened last week with the aim of cutting the red tape involved in getting a day care license and improving enforcement of day care regulations.