Lower Shore Child Care Resource Center

LOCATE Complaint Policies


Parent Complaint

Overview

A parent who is dissatisfied with a caregiver may call LOCATE to register a complaint. The counselor who receives this type of call must be prepared to talk with the parent about his/her concerns, maintaining a position of respect for the parent's rights and responsibilities in this matter. In addition, the counselor must provide objective counsel to the complainant and not form a judgment about the child care provider or program being discussed.

Some difficulties between parents and providers can be worked out over a period of time and with discussion. Accordingly, a complainant is provided with suggestions on how to approach the caregiver or center director, when appropriate. However, if the parent calling LOCATE with a concern feels that there has been a violation of a regulatory standard, and it is serious enough to warrant an investigation by the agency responsible for monitoring the facility, the counselor's role in these situations becomes one of encouraging the parent to report the violation to the appropriate authority, and providing him/her with the name and phone number of the person(s) to whom complaints should be addressed.

The LOCATE Complaint Policy categorizes complaints according to the perceived seriousness of the threat to the health, safety or welfare of the child. The three types of complaints recognized are Serious Complaints, Less Serious Complaints Involving Violation, and Less Serious Complaints- No Violation. The counselor who is the recipient of a complainent's concern will complete a Complaint Form during or immediately after the conversation with the parent. The counselor will report the complaint to the LOCATE Director or designee and answer questions concerning the nature of the complaint. After this discussion, the LOCATE Director or designee will determine the category and initiate the process for temporarily stopping referrals to the provider or program by LOCATE if necessary, based on the perceived seriousness of the violation.

When a Serious Complaint Involving Violation is received, referrals to the facility cease. The LOCATE Director or designee contacts OCC concerning the alleged violation, and informs the provider or program of LOCATE's actions. The temporary halt on referrals will remain in effect until the regulatory agency completes its investigation. The decision to continue to halt referrals or resume referrals is based on the action, if any, taken by the regulatory agency. The LOCATE Director also informs the provider or program, by mail, that a complaint has been lodged against them.

For complaints falling in the category of Less Serious Complaints Involving Violation, the LOCATE Director also informs the provider or program, by mail, that a complaint has been lodged against them. When a complaint in the category of Less Serious Complaints- No Violation is received, the LOCATE Director or designee does not halt referrals, notify the regulatory agency or notify the provider or program of the complaint.

 


Complaint Policy Pertaining To Child Care Referral Service

All of the Resource Centers of the Maryland Child Care Resource Network strive to provide high quality service to their constituencies.  However, in the event that someone has concerns about an incident regarding some aspect of service at a regional child care Resource Center, or feels that he/she was mistreated by a staff member of a Resource Center, the caller can contact the Resource Center involved.

If the person is not satisfied with the way the concern or complaint was handled by the regional Resource Center, he/she can contact the Network manager at the Maryland Family Network.  telephone: 410.659.7701    fax:410.783.0814. .  As the Statewide Coordinating Entity, MCC will investigate the complaint and act on it appropriately.

The Lower Shore Child Care Resource Center is a member agency of the Maryland Child Care Resource Network with funding from the Maryland State Department of Education. LSCCRC is grant sponsored by Salisbury University.