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Summer Food Service Program participants must repay disallowances using non-SFSP funds.

Topic: Early Care & Learning, Decided by Judge Walker-Russell 
Docket Number: 1653326 , Decision Date: 2016-07-25 
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The Petitioner, a participant in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), was required to repay a debt to SFSP after the Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) discovered that it exceeded its state-approved budget for store purchases.  DECAL subsequently sought to disqualify the Petitioner [..] Read More..

CAPS benefits paid to corporation could not be recovered from individuals absent showing of fraud.

Topic: Early Care & Learning, Decided by Judge Kennedy 
Docket Number: 1509315 , Decision Date: 2016-05-18 
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The Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) sought to recover Child and Parent Services (CAPS) Program benefits paid to a corporation doing business as a daycare center.  DECAL alleged that the parents of the owner of the corporation, who had previously operated a different [..] Read More..

Daycare’s license revoked for employing individual with unsatisfactory background check.

Topic: Early Care & Learning, Decided by Judge Kennedy 
Docket Number: 1628271 , Decision Date: 2016-03-17 
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The Department of Early Care and Learning notified the owner of a family day care home (FDCH) that it could not make a fitness determination with regard to two of its employees for lack of complete files, and that the employees were therefore prohibited from [..] Read More..

Evidence insufficient to establish a daycare provider caused an infant’s death.

Topic: Early Care & Learning, Decided by Judge Baxter 
Docket Number: 1512274 , Decision Date: 2015-03-19 
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Petitioner, a Child Care Learning Center, retained its certificate to operate its facility—so long as it no longer operates an infant room—after the judge found insufficient evidence to establish the Petitioner’s admitted rule violations resulted in an infant’s death.

Center restricted, fined for leaving child on vehicle and failure to report child missing.

Topic: Early Care & Learning, Decided by Judge Howells 
Docket Number: 1519961 , Decision Date: 2015-02-19 
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A child in the care of Petitioner, a daycare center, was left alone on the center’s van during afternoon transportation after the driver failed to physically check the vehicle or adequately complete transportation logs.  A passing motorist found the child wandering alongside a road and [..] Read More..

Center denied licensure where ownership transferred to avert denial.

Topic: Early Care & Learning, Decided by Judge Teate 
Docket Number: 1458128 , Decision Date: 2014-12-17 
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The Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) was authorized to deny an application to operate a child care learning center where the former owner of a center, whose license had been revoked in the wake of multiple rule violations, transferred ownership of the center [..] Read More..

Center may not receive reimbursement for services provided to owner’s foster children.

Topic: Early Care & Learning, Decided by Judge Howells 
Docket Number: 1509571 , Decision Date: 2014-11-03 
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Petitioner, the owner of a child care learning center, received payment through the Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) Program for child care services provided at the center to her four foster children.  The Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) was authorized to recover these [..] Read More..

State may recoup reimbursements for child care services that were unsupported by facility’s records.

Topic: Early Care & Learning, Decided by Judge Schroer 
Docket Number: 1450652 , Decision Date: 2014-10-14 
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Inspiration Station Academy (“the Center”), a daycare, received subsidies from the Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) through the Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) Program.   Pursuant to an agreement with DECAL, the Center was required to keep attendance records for each child for whom [..] Read More..

Recoupment authorized for provider’s non-compliance with CAPS Program exemption criteria.

Topic: Early Care & Learning, Decided by Judge Oakley 
Docket Number: 1509501 , Decision Date: 2014-10-02 
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Petitioner, a child care provider, was granted exemptions from licensure by the Department of Early Care and Learning for two categories of child care services.  DECAL authorized Petitioner to receive subsidies through the Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) Program, for providing services that conformed to [..] Read More..

Egregiousness of child care center’s conduct and continued violation of transportation rules justify revocation of its license.

Topic: Early Care & Learning, Decided by Judge Schroer 
Docket Number: 1454585 , Decision Date: 2014-09-04 
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Charlotte’s Webb Learning Center’s (the Center’s) rule violations led to a child being left in one of its vehicle for hours.  This incident, as well as the lack of cooperation and candor the Center’s owner and staff members exhibited during an investigation into the incident [..] Read More..

Document neither mentioned nor produced until approximately one week before hearing entitled to no evidentiary weight.

Topic: Early Care & Learning, Decided by Judge Woodard 
Docket Number: 1440876 , Decision Date: 2014-08-26 
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Petitioner is licensed by Respondent to operate a childcare learning center.  During a site visit, Respondent discovered that Petitioner had not recorded the necessary second check of one of the vehicles after it was used to transport children, and commenced disciplinary action. One week before [..] Read More..

Application filed less than one year after license revocation must be denied.

Topic: Early Care & Learning, Decided by Judge Baxter 
Docket Number: 1455802 , Decision Date: 2014-08-12 
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The Department of Early Care and Learning’s (DECAL’s) revocation of Petitioner’s license to operate a child care learning center (CCLC) was affirmed after Petitioner filed an unconditional withdrawal of her hearing request.  DECAL was thereafter required by its rules to deny Petitioner’s subsequent application to [..] Read More..

Imminent danger to children justifies emergency closure of child care facility.

Topic: Early Care & Learning, Decided by Judge Miller 
Docket Number: ***** , Decision Date: 2014-05-23 
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The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning properly ordered the emergency closure of a licensed family day care home as a result of the imminent danger posed to children.  Specifically, a child in the facility’s care was admitted to the hospital for an emergency [..] Read More..

Physical abuse and corporal punishment justifies emergency closure of facility.

Topic: Early Care & Learning, Decided by Judge Woodard 
Docket Number: 1440536 , Decision Date: 2014-03-14 
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Disciplining a child by forcing him to hold a chair above his head for an extended period of time justified the decision of the Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) to order the emergency closure of the child care learning facility.

Reckless transportation violation justifies transportation restrictions and fine.

Petitioner, a child care learning facility, was appropriately fined and subject to a 12-month-transportation restriction after the facility erroneously transported a pre-K student, without parental authorization, to an elementary school in which he was not enrolled.  The violation arose as a result of a decision [..] Read More..

Superior Court affirms Judge Schroer’s decision to terminate Petitioner from the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

Topic: Early Care & Learning, Decided by Judge Schroer 
Docket Number: 1408966 , Decision Date: 2013-11-01 
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The Superior Court of Cobb County affirmed Judge Schroer’s decision to terminate and disqualify Petitioner, the operator of a child care center, from participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The Department disqualified Petitioner from the CACFP program after finding that the owner [..] Read More..

Individual convicted of prostitution allowed to own and operate childcare learning center.

Topic: Early Care & Learning, Decided by Judge Miller 
Docket Number: ******* , Decision Date: 2014-02-17 
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Petitioner sought to own and operate a childcare learning center. The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) denied Petitioner’s application because she was convicted of prostitution-related misdemeanors between 1982 and 1985. The age of the convictions and the evidence presented at the hearing [..] Read More..

Leaving child unattended justified revocation of Family Day Care Home permit.

Topic: Early Care & Learning, Decided by Judge Teate 
Docket Number: ***** , Decision Date: 2014-02-14 
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Bright from the Start revoked Petitioner’s license to operate a Family Day Care Home after a determination that the facility had committed medium-risk and high-risk violations of applicable rules.  The high risk violation occurred when a child was left unattended at the facility for more [..] Read More..

Child care facility’s transportation violation did not qualify as reckless conduct.

Topic: Early Care & Learning, Decided by Judge Woodard 
Docket Number: 1410761 , Decision Date: 2013-12-05 
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The Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) was not authorized to fine a child care facility for a single violation of a transportation rule, where facility’s employees simply failed to sign the passenger checklist, although they did conduct a physical check of the vehicle.  [..] Read More..

Transportation suspension is not necessary for the protection of the public.

Topic: Early Care & Learning, Decided by Judge Woodard 
Docket Number: 1405920 , Decision Date: 2013-12-05 
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The Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) was not authorized to impose a twelve-month transportation restriction on a child care center’s license after a bus driver left children on a bus in a parking lot with the engine off and keys in the ignition [..] Read More..

Felony involving physical harm precludes operation of a family day care home.

Topic: Early Care & Learning, Decided by Judge Woodard 
Docket Number: 1407600 , Decision Date: 2013-12-13 
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Petitioner who pled guilty to felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor battery may not operate a day care home, because the incident involved physical harm to the victim and showed a propensity for cruel behavior.

Facility disqualified from the Child and Adult Care Food Program after child left on bus.

Topic: Early Care & Learning, Decided by Judge Walker 
Docket Number: 1414309 , Decision Date: 2013-11-21 
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The Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) correctly disqulified Hope For Kids Academy, LLC from participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) after a child was left on a bus.  The   improper use of a checklist to account for the children [..] Read More..

Medical evidence insufficient to implicate daycare provider in head trauma.

Topic: Early Care & Learning, Decided by Judge Walker 
Docket Number: *****  , Decision Date: 2013-10-09 
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Petitioner, a professional day care provider with an unblemished record and a reputation as a gentle caretaker, retained her certificate of registration to operate a family day care.  There was insufficient evidence that Petitioner was responsible for harming an infant in her care after he [..] Read More..

Child care facility fined for rule violation caught on video.

Topic: Early Care & Learning, Decided by Judge Woodard 
Docket Number: 1343727 , Decision Date: 2013-09-11 
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Petitioner, a child care facility, was fined by the Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) for a rule violation, caught on video surveillance, that a staff member picked up an infant in a manner that could, and did, cause injury.

Family day care facility subject to emergency closure after marijuana use discovered on property.

Topic: Early Care & Learning, Decided by Judge Walker 
Docket Number: 1411999 , Decision Date: 2013-10-02 
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Petitioner’s family day care home was subject to emergency closure after marijuana use was discovered on the property.  Additionally, Petitioner was caring for more than six children without the appropriate type of license.

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