Ninety minutes in a locked bus could be deadly for a child, and a nightmare for parents.
Earlier this week, a Snellville family lived that, and now state officials are investigating the center. According to records, the Prodigy Point center has had problems before. Transportation issues were among them.
But, if Georgia parents are ever wondering about the safety of a potential or current child care facility, the state makes it easy. Records are published and available for free on the Bright from the Start website.
In light of what happened in Snellville, we checked to see how Lilburn facilities designated as "child care learning centers" are doing, and have provided readers a snapshot. Some of the findings may surprise you.
This is only meant to be a snapshot.
In 2013, according to state data:
- Alfalfa Academy did not meet staff training requirements (lack of child abuse training).
- City of Knowledge Islamic School did not meet staff training or playground safety requirements (tykes with cracked wheels).
- Creative Learning Development Christian Center did not meet requirements for playground safety (large splintering sticks, mulch not distributed), hygiene (trash can missing tight lid), emergency drills, first aid training or general staff training.
- Education Station did not meet requirements for proper sleeping and resting equipment for infants (seven cribs not in compliance), children's health/hygiene (pacifier strap worn on sleeping child), and staff training.
- Good Shepherd and Preschool Extended Day did not meet requirements of physical safety of the center (chemicals within reach of children).
- Greater Works Fame Atlanta Academy did not meet requirements of physical safety of center (heating hazards within reach of children, exposed sheet rock and wall retaining water), transportation (departure times not documented), criminal records check (no criminal record check for one volunteer working with children), first aid training, personnel records, and staff training.
- Little Adorables Child Care Center did not meet requirements of instructional lessons plans, equipment and toy safety (toys in disrepair, mats with exposed foam), sleeping and resting equipment (cribs did not have tight-fitted sheets, a baby was found sleeping on stomach), children's records, playground safety, diapering areas and practices, hygiene (diluted soap with water, staff not washing hands), staff records and child ratios/group sizes.
- Seven Oaks Academy did not meet requirements for physical safety of center (scissors accessible to children) and transportation (torn seats and lack of fire extinguisher).
Want to know more?
Check the Bright from the Start website yourself. Full information (including history) on Georgia Pre-K programs, child care learning centers, group day care homes and family day care homes are all available. Click here to check your area.