BELLE CHASSE, LA (WVUE) - Miscommunication between family members and a bystander with a cell phone has resulted in the revocation of a Belle Chasse daycare's license and the termination of its public funding.
The Louisiana Department of Education issued a news release saying that on Oct. 15, a toddler on a field trip to City Park was left behind by workers at Booties and Bobbie Socks Day Care and Pre-K. However, a family spokesman for the daycare owner said two of the child's family members each thought the other person had the child when they boarded the bus to return to the daycare.
He said when the mistake was discovered minutes later, the bus returned and the child was safety retrieved. In the meantime, he said someone at the park took a photo of the child alone and sent it to the state Department of Education, prompting an investigation and the resulting punitive action against the daycare. The spokesman said the daycare accepts responsibility for failing to conduct a thorough passenger check before leaving the park.
The Department of Education said the incident was not reported, which is required by state law. It also said the daycare did not have current State Central Registry documentation for all of its employees.
The center is now ineligible for public funding through the Child Care Assistance Program, which helps make childcare more affordable for low-income families. The department said it alerted families and will work with them to find other childcare options.
Booties and Bobbie Socks Day Care and Pre-K has 15 days to appeal the Department's decision.