Posted: Aug 30, 2011 6:14 PM by Russell Jones
BATON ROUGE - State officials revoked the licenses of two child care centers in Baton Rouge and New Orleans for failing to conduct background checks on their employees.
The Department of Children and Family Services issued two revocation notices to Jumpstart Preschool and Daycare in Baton Rouge, and The Preschool Learning Center, Inc. of New Orleans.
In a press release, DCFS Secretary Ruth Johnson said the Jumpstart center was cited six times over a year-and-a-half long period for not doing criminal background checks before hiring multiple workers.
"Criminal background checks are required by law for both paid and non-paid employees of child care centers, including substitutes and volunteers," said Johnson. "This law was approved by the Louisiana State Legislature and signed by Governor Jindal to protect children and to ensure the safest environment possible for children; it is imperative that centers conduct proper checks and not put children at risk."
The New Orleans center was also cited for not doing background checks, and for improperly reporting an incident where a one-year-old was bitten 14 times by another child when a group of seven children were left unsupervised during naptime.
The centers were notified they could contest the decision within 15 days of receiving the notice.