The Agency Definition Law (SB 6371) allows public and private schools to run after-school programs for their enrolled students without a DEL license, under some circumstances. WFIS and our contacts within the private school community had been working on this bill for several years, and we are thrilled to see the changes to the law go into effect as of June 9, 2016.  

Under state law, it is unlawful for any agency to care for children unless the agency is licensed by DEL. 

Agency means any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, or facility that provides child care and early learning services outside a child’s own home and includes certain entities irrespective of whether there is compensation to the agency. 

Under the newly revised law, the term “agency” does not include schools, including boarding schools, that are (1) engaged primarily in education, (2) operate on a definite school year schedule, (3) follow a stated academic curriculum, (4) accept only school age children.