Troubled day care shutting its doors

INDIANAPOLIS - A troubled Greenwood day care is closing its doors effective Aug.16, the Call 6 Investigators have learned.

Marni Lemons, spokeswoman for the Family and Social Services Administration, said the day care -- Smiley’s Early Learning Center/Kid Co -- is closing voluntarily.

According to day care spokeswoman Joyce Yant, the day care owner Sherita Newbern has been paying the landlord, but the landlord has not been paying the bank.

Yant said the bank is now taking over the facility and it will likely end up in foreclosure.

The day care is helping parents find other child care options, said Yant.

Smiley’s Early Learning Center/Kid Co was cited by the State Fire Marshal repeatedly in 2014 for violations including missing information on its fire drill records and problems with emergency lights and exit signs.

In December 2013, a judge ordered Kid Co in Greenwood to lose its license after repeated health and safety violations, but the facility changed owners and changed its name to Smiley’s Early Learning Center.

Shortly after opening under new owner Newbern, the state cited Kid Co/Smiley's Early Learning Center after a day care bus crashed in the parking lot with children on board.

When FSSA inspectors showed up Jan. 15, 2014, they found a slew of staff members missing records including background checks, CPR, national criminal history checks, drug tests and first aid.

Smiley’s Early Learning Center is still operating under a probationary license.

Lemons said parents seeking assistance in locating child care can contact Child Care Answers.

To read inspection reports on a day care or check its license status, go to the FSSA Carefinder website.


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