The names of day care owners whose licenses have been revoked are now posted on the State Department of Education’s website following last week’s death of a toddler at an unlicensed day care in Baton Rouge, the state said Thursday.
The names of 16 people are listed on the site covering the last five-years of revocations, said John White, state superintendent of education, at a news conference.
He said that the department plans to look back even further in their records for other names of whose licenses were revoked.
He also said that letters have been sent to the sheriffs in the 10 parishes where these day cares operated, asking them to check and make sure these people are not operating illegal day cares.
White defended the enforcement actions of state day care monitors.
“State regulators did their job appropriately in every instance,” he said. “That does not mean there aren’t things we can do to be more vigilant.”
He said he talked to Joy Green, the mother of Angel Green, the 22-month-old toddler who died at the day care last week.
“It was an extremely sobering conversation about an awful event,” he said.
Shelia Newman, who operated the day care where Angel died, lost her license last year, but reopened at a new location on Prescott Road sometime after that where she watched as many as 19 children, White said.