As for the alternative plan in the works:
"Churches can operate childcare facilities under Florida law based on a religious exempt basis," Harrell said. "It means they would mean they don't have to be licensed or inspected by DCF, but they will still need to be licensed by agencies that deal with religious exempt facilities."
Harrell said that for churches to provide services for kids, they would have to become accredited and perform background checks for all of their volunteers and employees.
"We would be glad to provide them with any information they need to help in the process," Harrell said. "Churches can operate childcare facilities."
If you can't afford an alternative school or childcare, and are looking for guidance to more affordable options, contact the Early Learning Coalition at 904-208-2044.