Local day care closes after failing to meet state standards
By Christine McCarthy
COPPERAS COVE- A local day care closed on Monday after nearly two years of failing to meet state standards.
The Child Care Licensing division of the Department of Family and Protective Services revoked the license for Tiny Treasure Academy in the 900 block of Martin Luther King Junior Dr. in Copperas Cove. The agency reported finding issues with safety, nutrition and adequate care.
The business had a license to care for up to 117 children, but this week many parents were confused as to why their child care shut down.
"When something like this happens, it really gives parents a moment to pause," said Julie Moody, an agency spokesperson. "One, they should question the day care that they're sending their children to, and, two, always make unannounced visits to make sure that what's going on during the day is supposed to be going on."
Moody said the agency had been reviewing Tiny Treasure Academy since early 2011. The state put the business on "corrective action," a status that allows a day care to bring in additional training and resources to rectify their problems.
The state cited Tiny Treasure Academy for serving drinks with too much added sugar on days that were not special occasions, Moody said, but more serious violations included a lack of proper sanitary practices, issues with caregivers providing "good judgment and self-control" and children within an unsafe distance from potential hazards. Moody said the child care director did not take proper responsibility in making sure the business was in compliance with the state.
After giving the day care ample time to make changes, the agency then put Tiny Treasure on probation about one year ago, Moody said. Probation requires the facility to post that status on the building so parents know what is happening.
However, when the agency revoked the license and the business closed, no notification for parents was required.
Tiny Treasure Academy can try to reopen by filing an injunction in district court or requesting a review within 15 days. If the business does not take any action within 45 days, the revocation is final.
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