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A sign advertises an adult gifts store, March 6, 2016, in Foley, Alabama. Day care owner Deborah Stokes opened Kids’ Space day care in the strip mall adjacent to the adult-themed shop in 2011. Alabama state law prohibits adult stores from opening within 1,000 feet of a day care, but there are no laws preventing a day care from opening beside an adult store. The day care, now closed, is one of several Stokes has opened over the past few years. Alleged problems and violations have brought the day cares under scrutiny, with critics saying that because the businesses operate as Christian day cares, they slip through a “religious loophole” that allows them to bypass the licensing and safety standards required of non-Christian day cares. Stokes now operates another day care, Little Nemo’s, in Spanish Fort, Alabama. (Photo by Carmen K. Sisson/Cloudybright)
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Signs, Baldwin County, Alabama - Day Care Investigation
A sign advertises an adult gifts store, March 6, 2016, in Foley, Alabama. Day care owner Deborah Stokes opened Kids’ Space day care in the strip mall adjacent to the adult-themed shop in 2011. Alabama state law prohibits adult stores from opening within 1,000 feet of a day care, but there are no laws preventing a day care from opening beside an adult store. The day care, now closed, is one of several Stokes has opened over the past few years. Alleged problems and violations have brought the day cares under scrutiny, with critics saying that because the businesses operate as Christian day cares, they slip through a “religious loophole” that allows them to bypass the licensing and safety standards required of non-Christian day cares. Stokes now operates another day care, Little Nemo’s, in Spanish Fort, Alabama. (Photo by Carmen K. Sisson/Cloudybright)