Department of Education revokes license of Baton Rouge day care center
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Education has revoked the license of an early learning center in East Baton Rouge Parish and terminated its public funding Friday.
The department says Footprints of Love Child Care and Learning Institute, located on North Acadian Thruway, received 87 deficiencies in the past two years, including 12 citations for unacceptable child-to-staff ratios. Other serious deficiencies include staff falling asleep while supervising children and allowing unauthorized individuals to interact with the children.
The department also learned the center's leadership had created a code word to be used with staff to alert them when licensing inspectors came on premises, which suggested they were not encouraging compliance with state regulations at all times.
The Department made numerous attempts to educate the center on the state's health and safety standards for child care centers through corrective action plans to no avail.
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. The Department has alerted families affected by this action and is working closely with them to identify safe, quality alternative options.
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