Dept. of Education revokes Assembly Kidz Care’s childcare license

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UPDATE: WEST MONROE, LA (5:30 P.M.)–The state steps in after two Assembly Kidz Daycare workers are arrested for cruelty to juveniles. The Louisiana Department of Education has revoked the license of the Assembly Kidz Care Center. The states reasoning is for mistreating children, failure to report the incident in a timely manner, and improper lifting of a child.


The Department of Education says staff have to report an incident within 24 hours of it happening to the LDOE. March 1st, a Kidz Care staff member was accused of hitting a one year old and an 11 month old on the 8th. They didn’t notify parents or the department of education until April 2nd…a month later.


On August 8th another staff worker is accused of abusing three children and parents weren’t notified until the 12th and the department on the 13th.

“This center has proven it is unable to protect our children,” says John White, State Superintendent.


However, according to a statement on their front door, Assembly Kidz Care says they will “Continue to love, nurture and, support your family with excellent childcare.”


The center can appeal the revoked license within 15 calendar days from the time of revocation. They say, “We will appeal this suspension and go forward with the legal process. We are not closing our doors.” Kidz Care is allowed to stay open during the appeal process. However if the judge disagrees- they must cease operations.


The center is reminding parents, “Nothing has changed as far as the safety and security of your children.” The state has posted a list of other child care options for parents in West Monroe. The department says assembly Kidz Care will lose it’s public funding. In addition, if they are forced to close- they can not apply for a licence for two years.


WEST MONROE, La. (AP) — (9/12/19) Education officials in Louisiana have revoked the license and pulled public funding from an early learning center where they say several 3-year-olds were mistreated.

The Louisiana Department of Education said in a news release this week that 48-year-old Yolanda Rochelle Jackson was charged with felony cruelty to juveniles.

The release says video from The Assembly Kidz Care in West Monroe shows Jackson drop one child, aggressively grab another and drag a third. She’s also accused of hitting and shaking the children.

State officials say a parent watching the video notified the center’s director. The education department says the center didn’t alert state officials or parents within the required 24-hour time frame.

The News-Star reports Jackson’s arraignment is Sept. 24. Her attorney has requested a reduction in her $17,000 bond.


WEST MONROE, La. (LA Dept. of Education) — The Louisiana Department of Education today revoked the license of an early learning center in Ouachita Parish and terminated its public funding after escalating instances of children being mistreated by staff members, resulting in employees being terminated and arrested for cruelty to juveniles. The center also failed to timely report the most recent incident to the appropriate state agencies and to the parents of the children involved. 

“Early childhood education centers have the responsibility of not only preparing our youngest learners for success in Kindergarten and beyond, but also prioritizing their health, safety and well-being,” said State Superintendent John White. “This center has proven it is unable to protect our children.”

Most recently, in August, the Department’s Division of Licensing inspected The Assembly Kidz Care, located at 1007 Glenwood Drive, after learning a staff member mistreated three 3-year-old children. The center’s video showed the staff member picking up one child by the shirt before dropping them to the floor, causing the child to hit their head. The staff member was then seen aggressively grabbing a second child while attempting to put the child down onto a sleeping mat, and dragging a third child across the room and onto a sleeping mat. The center’s video also showed the staff member hitting and shaking the children. 

A parent watching the center’s video observed the mistreatment and brought it to the attention of the center’s director. The center did not notify the state education department, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services or the parents of the children involved within the required time frame. 

This center is now ineligible for public funding through the Child Care Assistance Program, which helps make child care more affordable for working low-income families. The education department has alerted families affected by this action and is working closely with them to identify safe, quality alternative options.

The Assembly Kidz Care has 15 calendar days from receipt of the notice of revocation to appeal the decision. Providers who have had their licenses revoked are ineligible to apply for licensure for two years. Operating a child care center without a license may result in an order to cease and desist, as well as an injunction from a court prohibiting the continued operation of a child care center without a license and placement on the statewide registry of individuals prohibited from operating a child care center.


WEST MONROE, La. (The News-Star) — (9/11/19) According to our partners at The News-Star, the Louisiana Department of Education on Wednesday revoked the license of an early learning center in Ouachita Parish and terminated its public funding after escalating instances of children being mistreated by staff members, resulting in employees being terminated and arrested for cruelty to juveniles. The center also failed to timely report the most recent incident to the appropriate state agencies and to the parents of the children involved. 

“Early childhood education centers have the responsibility of not only preparing our youngest learners for success in Kindergarten and beyond, but also prioritizing their health, safety and well-being,” said State Superintendent John White. “This center has proven it is unable to protect our children.”

Read more at The News-Star.

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