St. Tammany daycare loses license after toddlers found wandering busy street

St. Tammany daycare loses license after toddlers found wandering busy street

ABITA SPRINGS, LA (WVUE) - The Louisiana Department of Education revoked the license of a St. Tammany Parish early learning center, after four unsupervised toddlers, ages one to two, wandered onto a busy street.

The Department issued a license revocation letter to Abita Church Christian Daycare at 22376 Main Street in Abita Springs.

A spokesperson for the Louisiana Department of Education says on the morning of April 7, a motorist discovered four unsupervised children wandering on Main Street in front of the daycare. The individual notified the child care center, and the children were returned to the facility.

The toddlers were able to leave the center's playground through an opening in the picket fence enclosing the property. The daycare's managers failed to report the incident to the Department. The next day, Child Welfare alerted the state, and licensing staff inspected the facility on April 11.

During the inspection, Abita Church Christian Daycare was cited for failing to report the incident to the Department, not supervising the children the day the toddlers got out, and not having the playground enclosed by a barrier to prevent children from leaving the premises. Licensing staff also cited the center for hazards, for gaps in the picket fence which allowed a neighboring dog to put its nose and mouth between the pickets.

Abita Church Christian Daycare has 15 days from receipt of the notice of revocation to appeal the Department's decision.

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