"We will continue to monitor the situation,” Leaver said. Reduction of a center's star rating carries significant financial consequences. In its May 24 letter to the La Petite director, DHS officials noted that if the center's rating is reduced to one star, it will be prohibited from enrolling new children in the DHS child care subsidy program, and the reimbursement rate for current subsidy children would be reduced. Three stars is the highest rating given by DHS. Less than 5 percent of Oklahoma's more than 4,500 child care centers carry that designation, which DHS officials encourage parents to use as a tool in choosing where to place their children. La Petite Academy has 19 child care centers in Oklahoma, all of which currently carry the three-star rating.
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