"It's a way to provide as much information as we can but not unnecessarily worry parents,” she said.
The site was proposed a few years ago and scheduled to be available by the end of the year, but was pushed up because of Joshua's death.
Because of the number of compliance categories, DHS did not make all categories available online. However, 27 categories are available, including fire safety, health and hazard sections.
Parents without Internet access can go to the day care and look at the most recent monitoring report, showing problems and how they were addressed. They also can make an appointment with a local DHS office to see the entire file.
A gray area
Rick Kerr, who owns six day care centers in the Lawton area, said he thinks parents won't understand what the violations mean. His five centers that are open — one is closed for remodeling — have only six noncompliance incidents since Jan. 30.
"I think it's a good start, but I think it has some gray,” he said.
He said parents need to understand children will get themselves hurt, and they should become concerned if a provider shows a habit of making mistakes. Kerr said he and others would prefer minor violations that occur only once not be reported online. Repeated violations should be reported, he said.
"There's got to be a magic number,” he said.