Feb 02, 2018

Early Learning Center Improperly Administered Medication, Failed to Report Critical Incident

PRAIRIEVILLE, La.-- The Louisiana Department of Education on Friday revoked the license of an early learning center in Ascension Parish and terminated its public funding. The center, which has a history of noncompliance, overmedicated an infant and failed to report the critical incident.

"The Department holds its child care centers to a high set of standards to operate and works closely with providers to ensure they fully understand the requirements and supports available to them," said State Superintendent John White. "When those standards are repeatedly violated, or when the health and well-being of our children is threatened, we must take corrective action."

The Department inspected Alphabet Soup Learning Center II, LLC, at 38375 Highway 42 in Prairieville, on December 14, 2017, after receiving a complaint from a parent who learned staff there had been administering the wrong amount of medication to her child.

The center failed to report the critical incident to the Department's Division of Licensing. Upon inspection, the Department learned the center's owner was not documenting who administered medication to children, when or how much.

The critical incident at this center follows a history of noncompliance. The center had 74 deficiencies cited in the past 24 months, including but not limited to insufficient child-to-staff ratios, supervision and documentation. The state previously worked with the center on corrective action plans.

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.
Alphabet Soup Learning Center II, LLC has 15 calendar 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 childcare 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 childcare center.

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