kidworks dcf inspection reports

We believe you should know as much as possible about your child’s preschool, and their ongoing preschool experience. In addition to our live webcams and open-door visitation policy, we’re the only Preschool in Gainesville to publish our DCF Inspection history.

We encourage existing and prospective families to review our reports as well as those of any other center they’re considering. Use the DCF Search button at the bottom of this page to review the inspection history of other centers.. You’ll need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the reports. A link is provided.


reviewing inspections for other area centers

You can research the inspection history of any center in Florida via the DCF website using the button below. When reviewing the report history for other centers, a red dot next to a date indicates at least one violation was cited during that inspection. Most violations are minor and technical in nature (an employee didn’t start or complete their training classes on time, or a form wasn’t updated) and cured at the time of the inspection. If not, you’ll see a follow up inspection a few days later that focuses exclusively on the violation.

Violations are ranked in severity from Class III for minor things that don’t directly affect the safety and well-being of the children, to Class II for things that potentially affect the well-being of the children like ratio violations, unsanitary areas or unrepaired damage to the facility. Class I violations are very rare but may involve clear neglect or abuse of a child, or failing to report suspicion of abuse to Child Protective Services or DCF.

A center’s inspection history is just one tool parents can use to evaluate a center. Referrals from friends or coworkers, a site tour, and your own parental instincts should be given equal or greater weight. Often, a center with a poor inspection history will offer the rationalization that the owners are too busy focusing on the needs of the children to worry about things like record-keeping and documentation. Invariably it’s actually about profit. The owner of a center, particularly of a center that’s struggling for enrollment, will avoid hiring the necessary support staff in an attempt to maintain their own income level. They run a skeleton teaching crew only, and those classes are routinely run at and often over ratio. As a result, things get missed. A good center can afford to support multiple levels of non-teaching staff. A poorly run, cash starved center will cut corners constantly and it shows in repeat violations in their DCF reports.