Jan 30, 2017

Child care center repeatedly found out of compliance with minimum child safety standards

BATON ROUGE, La. - The Louisiana Department of Education today revoked the license of an early learning center in Ascension Parish and terminated its public funding. The center failed to comply with minimum child safety standards, despite corrective attempts made by the Department, and a recent inspection resulted in violations that could not be ignored.

The Department inspected Adventures In Learning child care center, at 14469 Highway 44 in Gonzales, after receiving a complaint that the center left 12 young children alone with an individual who was not a staff member of the center on Dec. 28, 2016. Upon inspection, licensing staff cited the center with 32 deficiencies, including failure to obtain to a criminal background check for the individual who was supervising the children, violation of child-to-staff ratios and failure to properly train staff on health and safety procedures, like CPR and pediatric first aid.

"The center acted irresponsibly, putting the lives of children at risk," said State Superintendent of Education John White. "Such negligence cannot be tolerated, and the Department is forced to act in these situations."

The center has been cited for more than 100 deficiencies combined on its past seven inspections, including multiple citations for its state fire approval; daily attendance records for children, staff, owners and visitors; supervision; and state central registry. The Department gave the center several opportunities to clear its deficiencies by issuing corrective action plans and providing extensive technical assistance. The center, however, did not comply.

This center is 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 is working closely with them to identify safe, quality alternative options.

Adventures In Learning child care center has 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 child care center without a license and placement on the statewide registry of individuals prohibited from operating a child care center.

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