First Steps Early Learning Center - Rhinelander WI Licensed Group Child Care

915 Lincoln St , Rhinelander WI 54501
(715) 901-1282
1 Review

About the Provider

Description: First Steps Early Learning Center is excited to offer a child care center built around the child's needs. We offer your child a variety of activities and experiences to help them grow and learn in a fun and creative environment.

Desiree Shaltis and Tricia Pugh are the owners of First Steps Early Learning Center. Together their goal is to have a happy, fun, educational environment that children, staff, and families feel welcome in.

Additional Information: Open Jan - Dec. 3 stars.

Program and Licensing Details

  • License Number: 2001078
  • Capacity: 40
  • Age Range: 6 Week(s) - 9 Year(s)
  • YoungStar Rating: 4
  • Enrolled in Subsidized Child Care Program: No
  • District Office: Wisconsin Dept of Children and Families (DCF)- Child Care Regulation and Licensing
  • District Office Phone: 608-266-9314 (Note: This is not the facility phone number.)

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Inspection/Report History

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Violation Date Rule Number Rule Summary
2020-11-18 251.06(11)(b)7. Outdoor Play Space - Enclosure
Description: A portion of the fencing in the outdoor space for children under age two is not at least four feet high. Additionally, there are climbable items in both sections of the outdoor playground (benches against the fence, logs, etc.) which are against the fence thereby decreasing the fence height.
2019-09-03 Licensing No violations found ***
2019-07-25 Licensing No violations found ***
2019-02-21 251.06(2)(d) Access To Materials Potentially Harmful To Children
Description: Cleaning solutions and air freshener spray cans were stored in a low, unlocked cabinet accessible to children in the Infant Room.
2019-02-21 251.04(8)(b) Biennial Training - Child Abuse & Neglect
Description: Documentation of biennial child abuse and neglect training was not on file for Staff A.
2019-02-21 251.05(2)(c)1. Continuing Education Requirement - Full Time Staff
Description: Staff C only had 24 hours of continuing education on file for 2018, not 25 hours as required. Staff D only had 22 hours total of continuing education on file for 2017 and 2018, not the prorated 38 hours as required.
2019-02-21 251.07(6)(f)6. Current Authorizations For Medications On Premises
Description: A ProAir inhaler for Child 1 and gas relief drops (simethicone) for Child 2 were kept in the Infant Room without current medication administration authorizations from the parents on file.
2019-02-21 251.05(2)(d) Food Service Personnel - Orientation, Training
Description: Documentation of annual training of at least four hours in kitchen sanitation, food handling and nutrition was not on file for Staff E.
2019-02-21 251.09(4)(a)10. Infant & Toddler - Diapering Lotions, Powders, Salves
Description: There were no specific, written directions of the children's parents or physicians on file for the diaper lotions/salves of 6 children in the Infant Room.
2019-02-21 251.07(6)(f)1.a. Medication Administration - Parent Authorization
Description: Albuterol was administered to Child 1 on 2/14/19 and 2/18/19 without a current authorization from the parent on file.
2019-02-21 251.04(5)(a)6. Staff File - Orientation & Continuing Education
Description: Documentation of continuing education for 2018 was not on file for Staff G.
2019-02-21 251.04(5)(a)5. Staff File - Registry Certificate, Educational Qualifications
Description: Documentation of educational qualifications was not on file for Staff G.
2019-02-21 251.04(5)(a)7. Staff File - Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Training
Description: Documentation of training in shaken baby syndrome prevention was not on file for Staff G.
2018-08-20 251.06(11)(b)7. Outdoor Play Space - Enclosure
Description: The temporary fenced in area is not 4' high on all four sides and there are some gaps at the top and bottom of the fence.
2018-08-20 251.05(4)(b) Staff-To-Child Ratios - Minimum
Description: A teacher in the infant room was out of ratio when she had 5 children under the age of 2 in her care.

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Chelsie Somers Feb 08, 2020
I have used this provider for more than 6 months

They are absolutely fantastic with both of my children. I am beyond impressed with the patience and attitude of each provider.

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