Day care standards lauded as a ‘first step in the right direction'

By Michael McNutt Modified: August 4, 2007 at 9:19 am •  Published: August 4, 2007
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/> The rules put the children first "and I just don't feel like that's what's been happening,” said Moore, whose agency covers Tulsa, Creek, Rogers and Wagoner counties.

More work ahead
Other changes still are necessary, such as DHS notifying parents when a day care is asked to voluntarily close, she said. Such a procedure would keep parents informed and alert them of the possibility of looking for alternative care.

During a state House of Representatives committee hearing Thursday at the state Capitol, DHS Director Howard Hendrick said more can be done.

Rep. Ron Peters, R-Tulsa, said the House study could provide further changes.

Joshua Minton, 2, died in a hospital in May after being found with his mouth taped and his hands bound at a Tulsa day care. Vicki Chiles, the day care's owner, is charged with first-degree murder.



Day care rules

The rules include requiring:

•DHS to decide in one business day whether to close a day care if a licensing specialist or supervisor recommends an emergency order.

•Day care owners to post summaries of DHS investigations confirming abuse or neglect in clear view of their main entrances for 120 days.

•Day care owners to provide files to parents on DHS inspections within 120 days from the time the files are requested.

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