Kid Care Report: Two local day care centers tagged for more serious violations

Action News Jax Investigates: Kid Care Report March 5, 2019

Every week, Action News Jax investigates local child care centers to show you how they measure up to the state guidelines.

Action News Jax's Letisha Bereola went to the Department of Children and Families and picked up 15 of the latest inspections. In that stack, two centers were tagged for more serious violations.

She went to Little Wise Kids Preschool LLC, to speak with its director about two violations noted in its latest inspection.

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The child care center received two class 2 violations. According to DCF, class 2 violations could pose a threat to the health and safety of a child.

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DCF's report says the center was out of compliance for its teacher to child ratio. According to the report, the center had one staff member for every six kids in one classroom — the state requires a one to four ratio.

“When we found out that the classroom was out of ratio we immediately sent another teacher in there,” said Kelvin Wise.

The other class 2 violation was for the director not having an active director credential.

DCF has given the center a provisional license.

Wise says its former director left for a family emergency. “They give us six months to find a director,” said Wise.

Care Bear Kids Academy at True Vine had one class 2 violation and seven class 3 violations on its most recent inspection.

According to DCF, class 3 violations pose the lowest potential for harm. No one answered the door when Action News Jax showed up at the academy for a comment.

Bereola called twice to offer a chance to respond to the inspection.

DCF’s inspector says play at the facility was not maintained in a safe or sanitary condition.

The seven class 3 violations range from the front yard being littered with debris to missing employee records.


Clean inspections: 
Childtime Learning Center -- 8500 Argyle Forest Blvd.
Methodist Children's Village Inc. -- 7915 Herlong Rd. 
Chappell Schools LLC -- 484 Riverside Ave. 
Kreative Minds Academy Inc. -- 3000 Dunn Ave. Ste. 3
Beverly Hills Development Center -- 3731 Rogers Ave. 
Kia's Little Angels Inc. -- 1839 Lane Avenue. 
First Foundation Childcare Center -- 3304 Soutel Dr.
Arlington Kindergarten of Jacksonville Inc. -- 1210 Marcheck St.
Bright Horizons at the Avenues -- 9000 Southside Blvd.
Shepard of the Woods Lutheran School -- 7860 Southside Blvd. 
Amy's Little Angels Childcare & Learning Center -- 3334 Moncrief Rd. W.
Highland Precious Gifts Preschool -- 10900 McCormick Rd.


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