Kid Care Report: Two Jacksonville day cares improve their records

Kid Care Report, Nov. 12, 2019

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — 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, Letisha Bereola went back to a day care she's visited once before.

State inspectors visit centers a few times a year. That gives day cares a chance to improve their record.

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That's exactly what happened in Crystal Springs.

Cindy C's Nursery & Child Care is a staple in the community. It's been in business for nearly 30 years.

Bereola stopped by the day care in February because a state inspector tagged the center for the director not having an active credential. When she asked director Cynthia Coleman about the issue, Coleman admitted she was having a tough time.

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"I've always had real good scores but my son passed away in October, and I was in process of trying to get everything done but it was a bad situation at that time," Coleman said.

Bereola went back to Cindy C's on Tuesday because this time, her inspection was 100% clean. There were no violations and Coleman has all her credentials.

"Just getting the classes done and all the other girls classes done, I feel great. It's a relief," Coleman said.

The next child care center in this week's kid care report is the YMCA Afterschool Somerset Preparatory Academy.

Bereola visited in March, when an inspector tagged the center for having ant hills and a gap in the fence. Both were fixed.

This time, the inspector tagged the center with a class 2 violation. The violation says a staff member had a 90-day break in service working in child care and their background check wasn't up to date.

Bereola received the following statement from the First Coast YMCA:

"The safety and security of the children in our care is always the Y's top priority. Upon learning of the violation, the Y took immediate action to remove the staff member from the facility's schedule until her screening was cleared with DCF. The Somerset site is now in compliance with all DCF regulations."
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