A Tacoma day care center has had its license suspended while state Child Protective Services investigates a complaint.
The facility, Sprouts Growth Center II, is located at 4715 S. 12th St. It is licensed to care for up to 80 children.
A letter from the state Department of Early Learning dated Tuesday said officials received a complaint Monday reporting that the center was short-staffed, with two employees caring for 11 children. The complaint also said there were an insufficient number of infant cribs, refrigerated baby bottles were not labeled or dated, and high chairs were not cleaned between feedings.
Two state officials visited the facility on Tuesday, the letter said, and found two individuals who supervised children “did not have cleared backgrounds.” They also said they learned that the center has been “continuously short staffed.”
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Center director Laura Caddey referred questions Wednesday to business owner Kathy Cooley-Dance, who was not immediately available for comment.
CPS has 30 days to complete an initial investigation but could extend it for a total of up to 90 days before issuing a conclusion, said Justin Montermini, government and community relations manager for DEL. If the investigation determines the complaint was founded, the state could fine the facility or shut it down permanently, he said.
DEL records show that the state inspected the center in December and asked operators to correct several deficiencies, including updating staff files related to training and background checks, repairing a playground fence, obtaining first aid supplies, fixing bathroom sinks and a faucet, securing shelves to prevent them falling on children, and installing window screens. Records show all those deficiencies were corrected.
Montermini said families can get information about licensed daycare providers at www.del.wa.gov.