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Louisiana child care centers falsify documents

Feb 02, 2012 Matt Roesly

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services has revoked the licenses of three child daycare centers, the Advertiser reports. Adventures in Learning Preschool in Lafayette has a history of noncompliance with child care licensing regulations. It was recently cited for allegedly altering the criminal background checks of two employees and hiring one worker prior to the completion of a screening. Kingz Kidz, also in Lafayette, allegedly falsified the date of one worker's background check and hired four other employees prior to completing their screenings. New Iberia-based Ursala's Heavenly Angels Daycare and Learning Center was cited for supervision issues, as it failed to maintain proper child-to-staff ratios and once left 13 children unsupervised after its workers all went looking for a five-year-old they had lost. "Criminal background checks are required by law for paid and non-paid employees of child care centers, including substitutes and volunteers," said DCFS secretary Ruth Johnson in a statement. "Falsifying documents is unacceptable and violates the spirit of the law, which is to protect children is the care of these centers." KLFY-TV reports that each of the centers have 15 days to request a court hearing to try and salvage their licenses.