New rules went into effect Monday requiring Oklahoma's day cares to have on site inspection reports and other records for parents to view.
However, several of the state's more than 5,000 facilities may not have the information available yet, officials said.
Policymakers at the state Department of Human Services approved the changes this summer after the death of a 2-year-old boy whose mouth was taped over at a Tulsa home day care.
DHS spokesman George Johnson said Monday that day cares have 60 days to come into full compliance. He said they will get warnings until after Dec. 1 if DHS workers find the records aren't available yet. Kathy Cronemiller, president of the Oklahoma Child Care Association, said many day care owners won't understand the new rules until the next time a DHS licensing worker does an inspection and explains them.
"The letter that was mailed to providers ... it's a little complicated. And, if you're not ... ‘in the know' or keep up with what's going on, it will be very vague and they won't understand it very well,” Cronemiller said. "There are a lot of us, like I've been posting my licensing reports for years.” Under the new rules, a day care must post near the main entrance:
•A notice to parents that records are there.
•A summary of any DHS investigation confirming abuse or neglect there.
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