Another Child Left Behind

State sanctions Cape Cod Child Development, freezes enrollment at three locations...

Another child was "left behind" at a Cape Cod Child Development, Inc. child care facility according to a document obtained from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC)

Following audits and site visits in recent months, the EEC has sanctioned Cape Cod Child Development, Inc. (CCCD) by freezing enrollment at three of their facilities:  83 Pearl Street/Hyannis, 704 Main Street/Falmouth, 774 West Main Street/Hyannis.  The Falmouth facility was already shut down due to water damage.

According to the January 18, 2019 letter to CCCD from Denise J. Karlin, Assistant General Counsel for the EEC, the listed locations "cannot enroll any new children into the programs and may not replace any children who leave the program at any time during the freeze."

The letter further states that EEC Licensing Staff conducted a site visit to 83 Pearl Street on December 31, 2018 and found "numerous health and safety violations."  It additional states that "the Hyannis Preschool demonstrated a lack of sound administration by failing to maintain proper staffing ratios and supervision of children."

The EEC also reports that they conducted three visits to CCCD's West Main Street facility in November and December 2018.  Ms. Karlin reports that "EEC found, among other things, that a child was left behind and program staff did not properly supervise the children".  The sanctions letter does not state the specific circumstances of the "left behind" incident.  CCToday has filed a further public records request for the EEC's site visit reports.  Ironically, this series on CCCD began with a report by Head Start investigators of a child "left behind" at a CCCD facility after being accidentally locked in a playground area and left unattended for an extended period.  

The January 18th letter was obtained from the EEC via a public records request after a reader contacted CCToday about the enrollment freeze.

More ominously, a heavily redacted section of the January 18th letter reports that CCCD "has undergone audits" by the EEC's Fiscal Unit and that the EEC "found significant violations of polices and regulations".  This section also alleges that CCCD "improperly utilized" state funds.

Cape Cod Today has filed a further public records request to obtain the reports resulting from the EEC's financial audits of CCCD.

You may read the entire January 18th sanctions letter by clicking on the images below.  Note that some sections were redacted by EEC when they replied to our public records request.

 

 


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