What are the features?
- Parents and the public can view more information about child care facilities through the Summary of Facility Monitoring. The summary provides historical monitoring visits and compliance data for 36 months or less, depending on how long a child care facility has been licensed.
How do I access the summary?
- The summary is accessed through the
Child Care Locator. Simply enter selection criteria on the main page of the locator, choose the Search for Child Care button, and a list of facilities that match the criteria will display. Choose a facility and click the name or case number to access the summary.
What information will the summary tell me?
- The summary lists the facility’s basic information, such as name, phone number, address and star status. It also lists the dates of monitoring visits, the purpose of the visit, and the areas of non-compliance observed.
What information will the summary tell me about licensing complaints?
- The summary shows the date, allegation and finding for all completed licensing complaints with substantial findings.
Are child welfare complaints shown on the summary?
- No. Oklahoma Child Care Services refers abuse/neglect allegations to DHS Child Welfare for screening and/or investigation. DHS Child Welfare will issue a summary of their findings to the facility within 60 days of acceptance. If confirmed, the facility is required to post the summary for 120 days and maintain a copy in their facility file for one year. A copy of this summary is in the public file kept at the Child Care Licensing Office.
What is a “Star Level”?
Reaching for the Stars Program has 4 levels of rating programs in which specified Differential Quality certification criteria must be met. A One Star program meets Oklahoma’s minimum licensing requirements. A Three Star program meets higher national standards. Three Stars is the highest level. Child Care providers volunteer to make quality improvements above a One Star rating.
What is a non-compliance?
- A non-compliance identifies a violation of a licensing requirement.
Should I be concerned that a program has non-compliances?
- You should carefully evaluate the non-compliances for the program. Taking into consideration the requirement not being met, if it is repeated, plans to correct and how often the program is monitored by Licensing. You may also use the
Quality Checklist to help you notice important things about the place where your children will spend their days. Every child deserves the best start in life.
- Links to the Licensing Requirements as well as Reaching for the Stars criteria is available on the
Licensing Policies and Practices page.
Background investigations are required per 10 O.S. § 401 et seq., Oklahoma Child Care Facilities Licensing Act (Licensing Act), for owners, prior to authorization to operate; responsible entities, prior to authorization to operate and when there is a change in a responsible entity; personnel applicants, prior to hire; individuals with unsupervised access to children, prior to having access to children; adults living in the facility, prior to authorization to operate or moving into the facility of an existing program. This includes children who turn 18 years of age while living in the facility; and individuals who have access to or review of the fingerprint results, prior to access to or review of the results.
Individuals with criminal history prohibitions are prohibited from being the owner or responsible entity, being employed, living in the facility, or having access to children, such as being present at the facility during the hours of operation or present with the children in care while off-site, when the individual has criminal history.
Criminal history prohibitions include:
required registration under the: (i) Sex Offenders Registration Act, including state and national repositories; or (ii) Mary Rippy Violent Crime Offenders Registration Act; or pleas of guilty or nolo contendere (no contest), or convictions of felonies involving:
murder, as defined in Section 1111 of Title 18 of United States Code;
child abuse or neglect;
crimes against children, including child pornography;
crimes involving rape or sexual assault;
physical assault or battery; or
a drug-related offense committed during the preceding five years, unless a criminal history restriction waiver per (2) of this subsection is granted; or
pleas of guilty or nolo contendere (no contest), or convictions of violent misdemeanors committed as adults against a child involving:
child abuse or child endangerment; or
sexual assault; or
pleas of guilty or nolo contendere (no contest), or convictions of misdemeanors involving child pornography.
Prohibition from licensure, ownership, employment, unsupervised access to children and/or residence in a facility or program licensed, certified, operated or contracted with by the Department of Human Services or the Office of Juvenile Affairs may also occur if an individual is a registrant on the Restricted Registry per Section 405.3 of Title 10 of the Oklahoma Statutes (10 O.S. § 405.3), licensing requirements and the Oklahoma Child Care Facilities Licensing Act.
Individuals with criminal history restrictions are prohibited from being the owner or responsible entity, being employed, living in the facility, or having access to children, such as being present at the facility during the hours of operation or present with the children in care while off-site, when the individual has criminal history, unless a criminal history restriction waiver is granted.
What is “subsidized child care benefits”?