Whetzel, Meleah - Finksburg MD Registered Family Child Care Home

Antler Lane , Finksburg MD 21048
(410) 840-2233
4 Reviews

About the Provider

Description: Whetzel, Meleah is a Registered Family Child Care Home in Finksburg MD, with a maximum capacity of 8 children. The home-based daycare service helps with children in the age range of 0-23 Months, 2 years, 3 years, 4 years, 5 years, 5 years to 12 years. The provider does not participate in a subsidized child care program.

Program and Licensing Details

  • License Number: 111029
  • Capacity: 8
  • Age Range: 0-23 Months, 2 years, 3 years, 4 years, 5 years, 5 years to 12 years
  • Enrolled in Subsidized Child Care Program: No
  • Schools Served: Mechanicsville Elementary (Carroll)
  • District Office: Region 6 - Howard County / Carroll County
  • District Office Phone: (410) 750-8771 (Note: This is not the facility phone number.)

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Inspection/Report History

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Date Type Regulations Status
2022-01-04 Full 13A.15.05.01E Corrected
Findings: Home's hot water measured 130 degrees. Lower thermostat to bring temperature down to 120 degrees by 1/4/2022.
2021-02-24 Mandatory Review 13A.15.05.03B Corrected
Findings: Paper towels are needed in the bathroom. Correct during inspection.
2020-01-14 Full 13A.15.10.01H(1) Corrected
Findings: Provider is missing fragrance free soap from her first aid kit. Obtain by 1/21/20.
2020-01-14 Full 13A.15.09.01B(3) Corrected
Findings: Provider had cartoons on when the Licensing Specialist arrived with two children under the age of two in the room. No passive technology is permitted for children under the age of two.
2020-01-14 Full 13A.15.05.05A Corrected
Findings: Provider has a wading pool in her backyard for her dogs. The pool is collecting rain water. Turn pool upside down so it does not collect water.

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David Aug 18, 2022
I have used this provider for more than 6 months

I had two children in her care for over a year. Started off fine, but then we started seeing some red flags. Things built up and we ended up filing a complaint with MSDE. She terminated us the same day the inspector showed up to investigate. Here are the things that led us to file a complaint and what the inspection found during the unannounced inspection:
1. The TV was on A LOT! The inspector found the TV on in the middle of the day. Meleah told us it was only on during pickup and drop-off. She lied to us about that. She was caught by the inspector.
2. Our infant was frequently placed in a plastic gated area with no toys. The inspector found our infant in the plastic gated area with no toys, just as we suspected.
3. Both our boys had a digestive issue that prevented them from digesting certain proteins. We told her, got doctor's notes, but she didn't follow the paperwork and later told the inspector she thought we forged the allergy paperwork from the doctor (why would do that?) The inspector thankfully shot that down. But she did make our child sick from feeding him the wrong thing (Again, she blamed us even though we have texts admitting she fed him food he shouldn't have). The inspector went over her paperwork and shot down her accusation that we forged the doctor's note. This is also ridiculous because she called our allergist and pediatrician's office MULTIPLE TIMES. Why? I'm still not clear, but she knew full well that we didn't forge the documents. She lied to the inspector, but the inspector didn't believe her.
4. Our child learned some offensive language and bad attitudes. "You need to wait a fucking minute." Was said by my 3-year-old. We've never said that to our boys. The children witnessed her adult children fighting and punching a hole in a wall at least once. She admitted to the inspector that there was an altercation in her house on one occasion between her adult children that live there.
5. She stopped feeding our infant a bottle because she didn't think he should be having it. She lied about it, either saying that he was drinking it or was refusing. After we were terminated she gave us the formula back. It was unopened - she was not making bottles or attempting to feed him.
6. It was like pulling teeth to find out what our kids ate each day.
7. She had more children under two than she should have. Some days she would have 3 under-two children (2 is the maximum). The inspector found altered attendance records including ripped paperwork indicating that she was trying to hide her violation. The inspector was able to confirm that she had more children than she should have had. At the time, she told us she got special permission to have more children than regulations allowed. That was a lie. She was cited in the report for being over capacity.
8. She never took the kids outside - ever. The inspector found the outside toys and equipment had not been used in a long time. Meleah claims it is too hard to get the kids outside. Well, that sucks for her, but kids need outside time and it is a regulation that they have some time outside.

The day we were terminated, she explained that we were being terminated due to our "anonymous report". That's fine. Then she went on and on about how she did nothing wrong. And the inspector didn't find anything. Well, we just contacted MSDE to get a copy of the report which is not on the checkccmd website, and we were surprised and validated when we saw every complaint we made was verified by the inspector.
DO NOT send your children to this woman. She has lied to us and the inspector. She does not watch your children the way you want. She will take your thousands of dollars, then place your children in a plastic cage in front of the TV. They will be exposed to foul language. She talks a good game. She will tell you that my wife and I are crazy - but we have the inspection report. We will happily post it and share it with whoever wants to see it. Our oldest child still has issues resulting from his time under her care. Avoid at all costs!

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Maddy Mar 31, 2022
I have used this provider for less than 6 months

When I signed that transportation paper, I was under the impression you would be transporting for emergencies or child based activities e.g. field trips. Considering you’re a child care provider, I never imagined you would be taking all of the children to target on a personal errand, to buy a shirt for your daughter.

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Meleah Whetzel Jan 06, 2018
I am the owner

Maddy here is the real truth. When you signed my transportation permission slip. It states I can go out of my home at anytime I want to. I called MSDE my inspector said I did nothing wrong. I have proof you signed that form. As for what I said to your husband I said to him I made it back home safe. Your husband being in the Howard County Sheriffs Office made a bad move by slamming my door and yelling at me as he left was very unprofessional on his part.

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Maddy Sep 30, 2016
I have used this provider for less than 6 months

Multiple "red flags" during our experience, but stayed because our son was safe and happy. One day we pick up our son after daycare and Meleah states he didn't get to eat all of his bottles because they all went to Target...on a personal errand of hers. We were upset because she didn't tell us our 6 month old was leaving the house for a car trip. Turns our while we thought we knew where he was that day, we didn't. After multiple minor bad experiences and the addition of this one, we decided to take him out of her daycare. When my husband explained why we were leaving and said "no hard feelings", Meleah's response was "you're lucky he came back in one piece".

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