Dear June -
The regulations in Atlanta Metro area for ChildCare business are not necessarily needing a property to go to a commercial zoning status.
Having a real estate agent very familiar with the area in which you are interested is essential - you may need a "Special Use" permit or not. Having someone knowledgeable about that area will make the process much easier for you.
If you want to contact me, I will be happy to help you find an agent for the area you prefer. At ODAT Realty Services, Inc., we do the same thing other successful REALTORS do - if we are not the BEST option for your property search, we will refer you to an agent that may better serve you. As you know, Metro Atlanta is huge - different areas are like completely different cities with widely varying characteristics. Our goal is to give each Client the best service possible - even if that means asking a respected colleague to be the point person.
Have a happy day -
Lynn B. Friedman, Broker/Owner
ODAT Realty Services, Inc. REALTORS