Every week Action News Jax investigates local child care centers to show you how they measure up to state guidelines. In this week’s Kid Care Report, Action News Jax's Letisha Bereola's questions resulted in a policy change at a local day care.
Inspiring Minds Academy Inc. received a class 2 violation, which means it could pose a threat to the health and safety of a child, according to the Department of Children and Families. The inspector found playground equipment was not maintained or safe. The inspector said there were cracks on a slide and the fall zone didn’t have enough mulch.
The center did not respond to the door and hung up the phone when Bereola called to get its side of the story. Inspiring Minds Academy Inc. had until Thursday to safe proof its playground.
The next day care is Lakewood United Methodist Preschool. The child care center received four class 3 violations, which pose a low potential for harm to children, according to DCF.
The inspector noted the following:
- A staff member should have completed a 40-hour introductory course.
- No documentation to show completion of a five-hour literacy course.
- No proof of training for fire extinguisher use.
- Two employees had no five-year employment verification on file.
The facility sent Action News Jax this statement in response to all of the violations:
100% Compliant reports:
J&J Day Care and Learning Center Inc.
A Little Preschool Inc.
The Salvation Army Child Development Center
Childtime Learning Center
Wilson's Rising Starts Youth Academy
KinderCare Learning Center
Neptune Baptist W.E.E. School
AC Center Inc.
Somerset Preparatory Academy
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