DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION REVOKES CHILD CARE LICENSES

Jul 31, 2015

Baton Rouge, Bossier City Facilities Deemed Unsafe for Young Children

BATON ROUGE, La. - The Department of Education this week moved to revoke the licenses of two child care operators, terminating public funding for both, following recent inspections which turned up dozens of violations of state law. Storybook Daycare and Discovery Zone, located at 1421 Airline Highway in Bossier City, and Our Blessings Christian Daycare Learning Center, located at 9835 Old Hammond Highway in Baton Rouge, were issued revocation letters Wednesday, July 29.

"We take the welfare of Louisiana's youngest citizens very seriously," said State Superintendent John White. "We're not going to allow unsafe child care centers to operate in this state. If an early learning center has disregard for the state's laws and regulations, we're going to revoke its license."

The Department inspected Our Blessings Christian Daycare Learning Center in June 2015 after receiving a complaint that child care employees left a child at a Baton Rouge restaurant during a field trip in May. Licensing staff cited the child care center for 20 deficiencies including not reporting the incident to the Department or the child's parents, not having parental permission slips for the field trip, and not having a state-qualified director on staff.

During a May 2015 inspection of Storybook Daycare and Discovery Zone, state licensing staff discovered the child care center failed to correct many of the same deficiencies cited during a December 2014 inspection. The center did not have current State Central Registry documentation for all employees, Criminal Background Checks for all employees, and the center did not meet the child/staff ratio requirements at all times. In all, the center was cited for 30 deficiencies during the May 2015 visit.

These two centers are now ineligible for public funding through the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), which subsidizes child care for low-income families. Families affected by this will be referred to licensed facilities eligible to receive CCAP funding.

Our Blessings Christian Daycare Learning Center and Storybook Daycare and Discovery Zone have 15 days from receipt of the revocation letter to appeal the Department's decision, and are allowed to remain open and operate without a license until appeals are exhausted, or the 15 days expire. Revoked operators may not restart operations until approved by the Department to do so. Operating a child care center illegally may result in a court order to cease and desist, as well as placement on the state registry of unauthorized child care facilities.

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