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Pennsylvania Day Care Centers Re-Open Following Near Drowning Incident at Camping Trip

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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In Washington Pennsylvania, a seven year old boy nearly drowned in a pool during an overnight camping trip last month. The boy was found and rescued by a nine year old girl who dove to the bottom to save him. Quick thinking and action by the girl saved the boy’s life. The boy was on a camping trip with Happy Face Learning Center, a day care center.

Both Happy Face Learning Center and Peters Township Day Care Centers were closed and had their licenses revoked as a result of the near drowning incident. After being closed for some time however, the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare permitted the centers to later reopen.

A third center operated by the same owner was closed by government authorities however as a result of allegations that the facility allowed 18 children to swim in a pool without a lifeguard. The facility administrator, however, claims that two adults were supervising the children and water safety training.

The lack of proper supervision and staff at Pennsylvania day care centers put children at risk. Day care centers should provide their employees with the proper training needed in order to better handle situations and to better supervise the children they care for. Parents entrust Day Care Centers with their children, and these centers should make it a better priority to provide them with standard care and safety.

For more information on this issue, please refer to Two of Three Centers Reopen After Near Drowning of Seven Yr. Old Boy.