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April 10, 2013

Park Place Children’s Center given probationary license

ANDERSON, Ind. — The Indiana Division of Family and Children has issued Park Place Children’s Center a probationary license.

As long as the noncompliances don’t present immediate threats to the well-being of children, a probationary license is given whenever a child care licensee is temporarily unable to comply with the rules, according to the Division of Family Resources.

Park Place had noncompliances in two areas: maintaining child/staff ratios throughout all hours of operation and ensuring all children are under the direct supervision of a caregiver at all times.

Deanna Edwards, chairwoman of the Park Place Children’s Committee, released the following statement:

“We understand exactly what happened. We’ve reviewed all aspects with all of our staff and with our parents, and we have put into place procedures and training to see that this never happens again. We are very confident that with this vigilance, Park Place Children’s Center continues to be the premier center of the Anderson community.”

Questions from The Herald Bulletin were directed to the center’s lawyer, John Blevins, who also referred to a written statement.

Blevins said a “set of circumstances” had come to the attention of Park Place’s staff and were quickly reported to the state.

While the center immediately began to make changes, he said, it will still be “more closely monitored over the next three months by the state to ensure that the internal change of procedure is adequate to eliminate violations in the future.”

The county office of family and children had to approve Park Place’s plans and will make further decisions when the probationary period ends June 30.

“Each and every day the staff renews its commitment to nurture, love and protect each individual child to the upmost,” Blevins wrote, adding he believes the changes will make Park Place even safer.

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