DHS asks court to close daycare after license application denied

Monday, March 26, 2012 at 12:58pm

Tennessee’s Department of Human Services is asking a Davidson County Chancellor to shutter the operation of a “child welfare agency” in South Nashville after the facility failed to meet standards during an inspection.

Kid’s 1st Kiddie Kollege #2, located at 237 Hermitage Ave., continued to operate as a daycare after a license application was denied on March 8, prompting the DHS to file a temporary injunction lawsuit against the daycare in Davidson County Chancery Court last week.

The license was denied based on a state investigator’s reported observation of several violations. The alleged improprieties included failing to properly supervise children, omitting criminal background checks for some employees and failing to meet nutrition standards.

According to the lawsuit, licensing counselor Joanne Rusie visited the daycare facility on March 20 — after the deadline for an appeal of the state’s decision had passed.

Rusie reported observing 32 children from 3 months to 5 years old and six caregivers at the community. The counselor informed Kiddie Kollege owner Latonya Woods that she had to tell parents not to bring their children back the next day.

When that didn’t happen, Rusie “began to give parents the phone number for Child Care Resource and Referral as a resource to find alternate child care,” according to the court filings. Police were called after Woods allegedly became irate, and locked Rusie and another licensing counselor out of the facility.

Woods said she was unaware of any state action regarding her daycare when contacted by The City Paper on Monday.

A temporary restraining order to shut down the daycare was issued on March 22 and a hearing in the case is set for April 5.