A state agency has revoked the licenses for two Warner Robins day care centers for health and safety violations.
Last month, Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning decided to close Unique Tutoring Individualized Children Academy locations at 153 Evergreen St. and 1519 Russell Parkway.
That temporary closing was good for only 21 days.
But the agency now says they're shutting the two businesses down permanently.
State officials argued that problems at the day cares were a matter of life and death for children there.
Lawyers for the company had challenged the closing, but a state judge last month upheld it.
According to the judge's order, the violations included:
On September 27th, a special-needs 4-year-old child left the center unsupervised and walked to a Dollar General Store. The boy had left the center several times before, ending up in the parking lot, which is next to a busy four-lane road, an investigator was told.
The day cares hired a driver with a criminal record without doing a complete criminal background check.
Children were transported without proper documentation, like medical records or emergency-contact info, and without following proper procedures, like using child-safety restraints.
In one case, a van broke down and children spent several hours at a repair shop until the day care managers were notified.
Other violations included numerous health and hygiene violations, including one case where a worker used the same tissue to wipe the noses of two different children, and then did not wash their hands.
The day care has not returned our phone calls.
The state Department of Early Care and Learning says parents can find help in locating quality child care options through www.allgakids.org or by calling their toll-free number 1-877-ALL GA KIDS