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Department of Education revokes Prairieville child care license

6 months 1 week 6 days ago Monday, February 05 2018 Feb 5, 2018 February 05, 2018 6:11 PM February 05, 2018 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: WBRZ Staff

PRAIRIEVILLE - The Louisiana Department of Education has revoked a license for an area early learning center in Ascension Parish and terminated its public funding.

According to a release from LDE, Alphabet Soup Learning Center has a history of noncompliance.

The center, located at 38375 Highway 42 in Prairieville, was inspected on Dec. 14 after a complaint was made by a parent who learned staff there had been administering the wrong amount of medication to her child.

According to the department, the center failed to report the incident to the Department's Division of Licensing. Upon inspection, the department learned the center's owner was not documenting who administered medication to the child, when or how much.

"The Department holds its child care centers to a high set of standards to operate and works closely with providers to ensure they fully understand the requirements and supports available to them," said State Superintendent John White. "When those standards are repeatedly violated, or when the health and well-being of our children is threatened, we must take corrective action."

Alphabet Soup Learning Center has had 74 deficiencies cited in the past 24 months, including but not limited to insufficient child-to-staff ratios, supervision, and documentation. The center is now ineligible for public funding through the Child Care Assistance Program, which helps make child care more affordable for low-income families, according to a release.

The owner of the business, Joe Pursifull, says he plans to appeal the decision and sue the state.

"It wasn't until this one inspector, Ms. Trudy, came over the last year where she had a personal vendetta against Alphabet Soup," Pursifull said. "The previous inspector visited two or three times in 12 months. This one came eight times; which is unheard of."

The center has 15 days to appeal to the department's decision.

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