State Posts Child Care Fines Online
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Parents can now see child care fines and violations online. The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families started posting the fines almost five years ago. But now -- parents can see how much they're for and details behind them. Child care advocates backed the move.
"It's a little comforting to know exactly what's going on," parent Cristy Castelic said.
Castelic spends her lunch breaks at a De Pere daycare center making sure her baby is in the right hands.
"If a daycare center is getting a fine, as a parent, you would be concerned about why there's a fine and understanding what's going on," Castelic said.
Two child care centers in Northeast Wisconsin are listed on the website for violations. One in Appleton was cited for about $868 for several things, including admitting attendance and billing records were not accurate.
While another in Oshkosh faced over $11,000 for billing children when they were not at the center.
Tiny Town Childcare Center owner Carolee Lasecki was on the list before, and tells us there's two sides to every story.
"I've had parents ask me, hey I noticed you've been cited for this? What's that about? Then after they hear it they're like I get it. There's rules and regulations," Lasecki said.
Regulations Castelic wants to know.
"To make sure your children are getting the best care that they can," Castelic said.
Thirty-one states now post child care inspection reports online. Wisconsin's website is at http://www.dcf.wisconsin.gov/youngstar.