State issues emergency closure of 2 Warner Robins childcare centers

jburk@macon.comDecember 1, 2012 

The state has closed two childcare centers in Warner Robins after determining the children there were in imminent danger, according to the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.

The emergency closures apply to the Unique Tutoring and Individualized Children Academy locations at 153 Evergreen St. and 1519 Russell Parkway.

The state found violations of rules regarding transportation, appropriate supervision of children, criminal record checks of employees, and missing and incomplete files, according to a news release.

Kay Hellwig, assistant commissioner for childcare for the Department of Early Care and Learning, said an investigation is ongoing, but she could not elaborate on the details Saturday.

Venetta Taylor, owner and chief executive officer of Unique Tutoring and Individualized Children Academy, said early Saturday that she would make a statement later in the day. Attempts to contact her in the afternoon were unsuccessful.

A judge upheld the emergency closure Thursday, and Department of Early Care and Learning consultants were at both sites Friday to supervise activities. A written order of closure is expected to be signed before noon Monday, the release states.

When the state visited the Russell Parkway location Oct. 3 -- the most recently documented date available -- there were 37 children. There were nine children at the Evergreen Street location Nov. 16.

The state encourages parents affected by the closures to visit www.allgakids.org or call (877) ALL GA KIDS for assistance finding new childcare.

To contact writer Jennifer Burk, call 256-9705.

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