Millbrook child care center shuts down amid complaints – Alabama News

Millbrook child care center shuts down amid complaints – Alabama News

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After 86 children became sick from staph at a local day care center, the Montgomery Advertiser takes a look at both licensed and “church-exempt” day cares, and the protocol they must follow. Here, one mother speaks out.

A Millbrook child care center owner voluntarily surrendered his license following a substantiated complaint made late last month.

Learning Tree Child Development Center on Deatsville Highway shut its doors on Wednesday after a July 28 complaint of “apparent hazardous conditions,” which comes on the heels of six additional substantiated complaints over the past year.

“We substantiated the complaint” Wednesday, said Barry Spear, Alabama Department of Human Resources spokesman. “This was a licensed day care. People can make a complaint and we send a child care consultant to do an investigation and find whether it’s unfounded or substantiated.

“They were on probation at the time of the complaint due to incidents earlier in the year.”

Substantiated complaints include:

  • April 19, 2016: rough or harsh handling
  • Aug. 10, 2016: staff-child ratio
  • April 11: supervision at all times
  • June 9: supervision at all times
  • June 9: rough or harsh handling
  • June 9: rough or harsh handling 
  • July 28: apparent hazardous conditions

Calls made to the daycare center on Thursday were not answered.

In a facility report from DHR, The Learning Tree was put on probation in May. In an “adverse action” statement from the DHR office, it states: “On April 6, 2017, a 2-year-old child was found by someone not affiliated with the center unsupervised in the center’s parking lot for an undetermined amount…

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