by: Rachel Stockman Updated:NORCROSS, Ga. —
The state forced Just for Kids Academy in Norcross to shut down after finding serious safety violations, like workers not watching children, and hazardous conditions. The day care’s director is appealing the decision, but hasn’t replied to emails or calls from Channel 2 Action News.
“We really need to know what is going on, we need answers. It is not fair, my child is left with no day care. The other one is full, we need to find out how we can get our refund,” said parent Annice Graham.
According to a state investigative report, the day care’s license was revoked by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning after it discovered numerous safety violations, including leaving small children unsupervised, a worker caught screaming at children and unsanitary conditions, like diaper stations not sanitized properly.
Alvin Brooks, said he was unaware of the violations, and brought his 2-year-old on Monday. He paid the weekly rate upfront. Brooks said when he returned on Tuesday, the day care was closed.
“You see kids sitting in cars, you see employees coming to work, and everybody just standing outside looking baffled,” Brooks told Channel 2’s Rachel Stockman.
Stockman tried going to the director and owner’s Norcross home, and a man who answered the door said that the allegations from the state and parents were not true.
The state said the day care has been issued two cease and desist orders since April 29, after opening in at least one other location.
“I feel disgusted because hard-working people don’t deserve this,” Brooks said.
“We need to find out how we can get our refund. You have people in here that have two, three children,” said parent Annice Graham.
The man, who answered the door at the director’s house, called Channel 2’s Rachel Stockman back on Sunday night from an unidentified number and told her to call a woman to find out about what happened to the parents’ payments. When Stockman tried calling the other number, and introduced herself with Channel 2 Action News, she was hung up on.
The day care is appealing the state’s decision. There will be an appeals hearing held on May 19.