State officials have launched an investigation after a 3-year-old boy was left at a Lubbock daycare all by himself after closing.
The daycare under investigation is the Erskine Early Learning Center in North Lubbock. They say immediate changes have already been made. This all started with what the daycare considers an isolated incident two weeks ago.
Cleaning crews found a 3-year-old boy sleeping at the daycare. He had apparently been left unattended for about an hour. The associate director of the facility says she's not waiting for the results of the investigation to take action.
"Each day as a room is finished for the day, the teacher checks the room and the person closing the office checks the room and they have to sign off on it," Associate Director Lena Scaff said.
That's a new policy in place after the incident two weeks ago. Scaff added, "He seemed to be okay, he ate cookies and drank milk with me and talked to me about what milk does for the body."
Scaff says the problem boiled down to miscommunication, "It was our fault. Part of what we do is if families or parents aren't here by 6 p.m., we call them to let them know and of course because our staff hadn't done their check, they didn't know either."
Failure to do so has resulted in the firing of three employees.
"Child care licensing has been out and they've done their investigation and they'll be letting us know the results as soon as they finish talking to the people that they need to speak too," said Scaff.
Greg Cunningham is with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) said, "There can be adverse action ranging from just a notice to the facility all the way up to the pulling of the license. A lot of it depends on the history of the facility and the severity of the allegation."
While the state conducts its investigation, the daycare is making changes. In addition to teachers checking their rooms at closing, another staffer now checks the entire facility inside and out twice. They've also notified parents of the incident.
"We had already notified all the parents about what had happened. We had already taken care of the employees who were involved in this. We'd already done training with our new employees on these new procedures," Scaff said.
Again, we are still waiting on results from the DFPS. They say the most severe penalty is closing but that is usually only in extreme cases.
We checked the history of Erskine Early Learning Center and found they haven't had any serious problems in the past. You can check the status of all daycares in Texas by, clicking here.
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