In Florida, a day care center / child care center can apply for a license from the Florida Department of Children and Families. In the alternative, a day care center / child care center can apply for religious exempt status. If the day care center / child care center applies for religious exempt status, the facility still must get accreditation from a State of Florida approved agency in order to legally operate as a day care center / child care center. Religious Exempt day care centers / child care centers are still required to follow the Florida Administrative Code and other Florida laws as to the proper operation of the facility and the supervision of the children.
You can read rules, regulations, and information regarding Religious Exempt Day Care / Child Care Center in Florida at the Official Website for the Department of Children and Families – Religious Exempt Day Care Facilities.