The state has launched action to revoke the license of a Baton Rouge child care center after a complaint that its employees left behind a 2-year-old at a restaurant during a field trip, officials said Friday.
The facility is the Our Blessings Christian Daycare Learning Center, 9835 Old Hammond Highway.
Officials of the state Department of Education issued a revocation letter on Wednesday citing 20 deficiencies, and operators have 15 days to appeal.
“We’re not going to allow unsafe child care centers to operate in this state,” state Superintendent of Education John White said in a prepared statement.
“If an early learning center has disregard for the state laws and regulations, we’re going to revoke its license,” White said
The owner/director of the center is listed as Aletha Haynes.
She did not return a call for comment.
A telephone recording at the center says it is no longer in business.
State officials said they inspected the center on June 1 after getting a complaint that employees of Our Blessings left a child at a restaurant during a field trip in May.
The state contends the incident was not reported to the state Department of Education or the child’s parents as required.
It also accused operators of the facility of lacking parental permission slips for the field trip and not having a state-qualified director on staff.
State officials contend officials of the center have failed to meet a variety of minimum standards, including a daily attendance log for staff and children; a rule that at least 50 percent of the staff have CPR certification; a rule that at least 50 percent of the staff have pediatric first aid certification; a rule that children must be supervised at all times; and insurance and first aid rules governing vehicles used to haul children.
In addition, state officials said the center was operating without a license in 2012, sparking a court order to block operations.
The action means Our Blessings is ineligible for public funding through the Child Care Assistance Program, which subsidizes child care for low-income families.
Parents will be referred to licensed facilities that are eligible for aid.
Our Blessings can remain open and operate without a license until any appeals are exhausted or after 15 days.
Child care supervision has gotten attention recently after a 22-month-old died on June 5 after being left unattended in a van while in the care of an unlicensed day care in Baton Rouge.
Department officials said they also have initiated license revocation proceedings against the Storybook Daycare and Discovery Zone in Bossier City for 30 violations.
The agency took over state day care oversight in October.
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