By J. Rock Palermo, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
Shreveport Child Care Center, located in Louisiana, was warned for several safety violations, and as a result, received a license revocation notice from the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services.
Similarly, God’s Gift Child Care and Learning Center, located in Louisiana, was issued a notice citing violations which included failing to conduct criminal-record checks of non-paid staff prior to employment. State officials say that the center was cited four times in the last ten months for not completing background checks on two to six staff members each time.
God’s Gift Child Care and Learning Center was also cited for failure to maintain appropriate children-to-staff ratios, failure to conduct proper visual checks of vehicles used to transport children and failure to maintain proper transportation logs within the last six months.
“In each of these cases the violations are considered serious, repeated or numerous (and) put the safety of children at great risk,” said DCFS Secretary Ruth Johnson.
Other day care centers were cited as well in Louisiana. For instance, Tiny Tots Day Care Pre-School in Natchitoches also was cited for failing to protect the rights of children and failing to keep children safe from harm or abuse.
And finally, Highland Child Development Center lost their license for failure to meet state licensing requirements. They will be closing their doors by the end of the month.
When a day care center is cited with a violation, the Louisiana Day Care Center can challenge or appeal the decision or citation. The day care center is entitled to defend itself when cited for a child care, child supervision, or facility violation.
It is important for day care centers to continuously maintain the facility and provide child care and supervision in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and code provisions applicable to Louisiana day care centers. Without performing proper background checks on employees, day care centers are putting the children they look after in danger. Parents should research centers in the area in order to ascertain safety and licensing information about the centers they are interested in before making a definite decision.
For more information, see Local child care center’s license revoked.