Copperas Cove: Daycare Closing Leaves Parents With Questions

By: Rachel Cox Email
By: Rachel Cox Email
Some parents were left with questions after a Copperas Cove daycare center closed its doors.

This sign was taped to the door of the Tiny Treasures Academy Wednesday.

COPPERAS COVE (October 10, 2012) ---A sign that read "We Are Closed" was taped on the front door of the Tiny Treasures Academy Wednesday afternoon in Copperas Cove.

The owner, who did not want to be identified, said the state shut down the facility on Tuesday and that all the parents were notified by phone or voicemail that the daycare was closed.

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services spokesperson Julie Moody said the facility's license was revoked after several serious deficiencies were found.

"We have been working with them since April 2011 and they have been unable to maintain the minimum standards," Moody said.

Moody said some of the standards the facility was unable to meet included employee responsibilities (includes the ability to maintain self control), director responsibilities, nutrition and food service, and the safety of the building.

Moody said the day care was once cited because the bottom of a swimming pool on the property was not visible.

One parent said he was concerned about the lack of notification about the closure because he and his wife were only left a voicemail.

Jerry Materne expected the daycare bus would pick up his 5-year-old daughter after school on Tuesday as usual, but that didn’t happen.

Instead, his daughter's school called his wife to notify her that her girl needed to be picked up.

Materne and his wife worked quickly on Wednesday to get registered at another nearby daycare facility.

According to The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services protocol, the Tiny Treasures Academy’s owners can seek an injunction on the license revocation from a district court, or request a review within 15 days.

Moody said if nothing is done within 45 days the revocation of the childcare license is final.

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