Rochester Childfirst Network in South Wedge back open after having license suspended

July 17, 2017 08:50 AM

A daycare in Rochester that had its license suspended is back open Monday.

The State Office of Children and Family Services suspended Rochester Childfirst Network's license at the South Wedge location after a series of uncorrected violations. Some but not all violations have been corrected, but it's enough for the center here in the South Wedge to reopen Monday morning.

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According to public records, Rochester Childfirst Network has several violations this year that went uncorrected, but it was an incident last week that led to the brief suspension. The Executive Director says a child was accidentally left behind on a field trip to the YMCA, and the center self-reported the event to the state

Since then, the executive director says the problem has been fixed.

As for the other violations, one of which included using frightening, demeaning or humiliating methods of toilet training, they are still uncorrected.

We reached out to the State Office of Children and Family Services about this case, and a spokeswoman sent us a statement confirming the center would be reopen. Here is their full statement: "Every day, children are entrusted to the care of  child care providers, and adequate staffing and supervision is paramount to such children's safety. The Office of Children and Family Services takes any violation of staffing requirements or supervision rules very seriously. OCFS is working with the provider to re-assess their policies and procedures to bring their operations into compliance with these critical health and safety rules. The agency has worked expeditiously with Childfirst Network, which will remediate the issues that led to the suspension. Childfirst Network is submitting a corrective action plan to comply with state rules and regulations, has agreed to OCFS enforcement actions and will open on Monday."

The executive director of RCN says child safety is their top priority, and officials are working to correct all the problems. But she assures parents they have nothing to worry about when their children return


Kaci Jones

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