Daycare closes doors after troubled past

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A daycare with a history of trouble closed their doors according to a spokeswoman for Family and Social Services. I-Team 8 spoke with the spokeswoman on Monday when the Smiley’s Early Learning Center in Greenwood voluntarily closed.

The daycare, formerly known as Kid Co, was sold last December and reopened as Smileys under new ownership.

Joyce Yant the current daycare spokeswoman said the owner of the daycare has been paying the landlord monthly but “the money stopped with him” and he wasn’t paying the bank.

The state was informed the last day of operation would be August 16. Yant says it closed immediately and Monday she was “sitting in an empty building”.

The daycare is helping families of the 17 children find other daycare.

Last December I-Team 8 found that a judge ordered the former Kid Co to forfeit their license after violations were found, including surveillance video showing a teacher “dragging a child by both of his legs” from the hallway to the classroom. The teacher “kicking the same child”.

Just after that Kid Co was sold and opened under new ownership. But they were cited by the state shortly after opening when a day care bus crashed in the parking lot with children on board.  They were also cited for missing records on background checks, drug tests and first aid.

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Parents seeking assistance in locating child care can contact Child Care Answers.

Daycare inspection reports from FSSA can be found by clicking here.

 

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