DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION REVOKES CHILD CARE LICENSES

Feb 19, 2016

Child Care Centers Placed Children at Risk

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Department of Education today revoked the licenses of two Northwest Louisiana early learning centers and terminated public funding for both, after one committed fraud and the other allowed an unsupervised child to wander onto a busy highway. The Department issued license revocation letters to Ashley Boyz Child Care Preschool, located at 1420 Youree Drive in Shreveport, and Grandma’s Hands Day Care Center, located at 1357 Airline Drive in Bossier City.

“Both of these child care centers put our children at extreme risk, and we won’t tolerate that,” said State Superintendent John White. “We will hold all child care centers in Louisiana to the highest standard to ensure our children are properly cared for and receive the benefit of preparation for school.” 

The afternoon of January 14, 2016, an unsupervised two-year-old child wandered out of Ashley Boyz Child Care Preschool and onto a busy Youree Drive service road. A passerby saw the child and returned the two-year-old to the center unharmed. After receiving a complaint about the incident, Department licensing staff inspected the center on January 15, 2016, and cited the facility for not meeting the required child to staff ratio and not providing the required child supervision. Over the past year, the Department conducted eight complaint-based and follow-up inspections of the facility resulting in dozens of serious violations. During that time, Department staff provided technical assistance to help bring the center into compliance and ensure the children were provided proper care.

During a December 16, 2015, annual inspection of Grandma’s Hands Day Care Center, the child care center’s managers presented a fake proof of liability insurance document to a Department licensing specialist. Following the inspection, Department staff reviewed the document and found the proof of insurance document had been altered. Further investigation revealed the center did not have the legally required liability insurance, and had not been insured since May 10, 2011. In addition to providing fraudulent documents to licensing staff, the center was also cited for not keeping required daily attendance records for children and staff, and for having harmful cleaning supplies in reach of children.

These centers are now ineligible for public funding through the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), which helps make child care more affordable for low-income families. The Department has alerted families affected by this action and will work closely with them to find alternative child care options for their children.

Ashley Boyz Child Care Preschool and Grandma’s Hands Dar Care Center have 15 days from receipt of the notice of revocation to appeal the Department’s decision. Providers who have had their licenses revoked are ineligible to apply for licensure for two years. Operating a child care center without a license may result in an order to cease and desist, as well as an injunction from a court prohibiting the continued operation of a day care center without a license and placement on the statewide registry of individuals prohibited from operating a day care center. 

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