- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State officials have revoked the licenses of two early learning centers, one in Bossier City and one in Church Point.

The Louisiana Department of Education says it has terminated public funding for Treetop Learning Center in Bossier City and Noah’s Ark Day Care in Church Point. Revocation letters for both businesses were issued Friday after complaints and recent inspections turned up dozens of violations of state law and determined staff at both businesses committed fraud.

The department launched an investigation last August of Treetop after receiving a complaint it had submitted fraudulent criminal background checks for three of its staff members, including the center’s director.

A December inspection at Noah’s Ark found that staff did not have CPR or pediatric first aid certification and had submitted false documents. The inspection also found that children were not adequately supervised.

“We trusted these businesses with our precious children, and they betrayed that trust,” State Education Superintendent John White said in a news release. “We are fortunate no children were harmed, but we will not tolerate dishonest child care centers.”

These centers are now ineligible for public funding through the Child Care Assistance Program, which helps make child care more affordable for low-income families. The Department has alerted families affected by this action and will work with them to find alternative child care options.

Treetop Learning Center and Noah’s Ark Day Care have 15 days from receipt of the revocation notice to appeal the department’s decision.

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