More children allowed at home-based day cares in Abilene

ABILENE, Texas - Abilene home-based day cares can now care for more children.

The Abilene City Council amended their original ordinance of only six children per home- they can now have up to 12 with a conditional use permit.    

Amber Massey runs a home-based day care in Abilene. She was the child care provider who asked the city for the change.

The city said she could only care for six kids, but state standards allow up to 12.

On Thursday, the Abilene City Council approved the ordinance change.

"It will help me be able to help the parents that prefer home-based child care," Massey said.

But there's a catch: home-based day care operators will now have to buy a one time $1,500 conditional use permit and go before city council if they want to care for more children.

Councilman Robert Briley said they will have to assess on a case-by-case basis.

"Yes, it is more restrictive, but I think there is a reason for that," Abilene City Councilman Robert Briley said. "I think we need to go to great measures to protect a residential area."

While Massey is happy with the change, she's not OK with the $1,500 permit fee.

"I believe it's not attainable for our salaries that we make," she said.

Here's a link to find the list of home-based child care in Abilene. Texas Dept. of Family and Protective Services website

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