BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Department of Education moved to revoke the license of Our Blessing Christian Daycare at on Old Hammond Highway in Baton Rouge after a child was left at a restaurant during an unapproved field trip. The public funding for the daycare has also been revoked.
"We take the welfare of Louisiana's youngest citizens very seriously," said State Superintendent John White. "We're not going to allow unsafe child care centers to operate in this state. If an early learning center has disregard for the state's laws and regulations, we're going to revoke its license."
The Department inspected Our Blessings Christian Daycare Learning Center in June 2015 after receiving a complaint that child care employees left a child at a Baton Rouge restaurant during a field trip in May.
Licensing staff cited the child care center for 20 deficiencies including not reporting the incident to the Department or the child's parents, not having parental permission slips for the field trip, and not having a state-qualified director on staff.
The daycare is now ineligible for public funding through the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), which subsidizes child care for low-income families. Families affected by this will be referred to licensed facilities eligible to receive CCAP funding.
Our Blessings Christian Daycare Learning Center has 15 days from receipt of the revocation letter to appeal the Department's decision, and is allowed to remain open and operate without a license until appeals are exhausted, or the 15 days expire.
Revoked operators may not restart operations until approved by the Department to do so. Operating a child care center illegally may result in a court order to cease and desist, as well as placement on the state registry of unauthorized child care facilities.