New owners reopen Poplar daycareThe far northern Wisconsin day care center that had its license revoked by the state has reopened under new ownership. It is one of 57 day cares that lost licenses last year.
By: By Mike Simonson/Wisconsin Public Radio, Superior Telegram
The far northern Wisconsin day care center that had its license revoked by the state has reopened under new ownership. It is one of 57 day cares that lost licenses last year.
The 57 licenses revoked in 2008 is a jump from the 40 licenses pulled the year before.
Barnyard Buddies of Poplar was one of them facing revocation until new management acquired it two weeks ago. The day care had been cited for several violations in the aftermath of an infant death last August from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Early Child Care Regulation Bureau Director Jill Chase says they issued Barnyard Buddies a new license last month. Chase says as they do for all new licensed day cares, they’ll have unannounced inspections over the next six months.
“So during the first six months the department will go in and monitor more frequently in order to determine that the licensed program is meeting all the administrative rules,” she says.
Meanwhile, new owner David Crail says they have taken steps to meet all requirements to get this new license. Declining to be recorded, Crail also says former owner Scott Pearson is no longer associated with Barnyard Buddies.
Chase says that’s important. “The previous owner has a revocation, had his child care license revoked,” Crail says. “He would be prohibited from being employed at that child care center.”
There are more than 5,800 licensed child care centers in Wisconsin. The Bureau of Early Child Care Regulation had more than 11,000 on-site inspections last year.