The decision to close the facility was made after two recent incidents resulted in the Community Care Licensing Division to issue two type A violations on May 3 and June 5 this year, said Concha Alvarez, executive director of the program.
Type A violations were administered to the Patterson base due to the lack of supervision the children received.
Although local guardians and parents refute the decision, which will deeply affect travel and scheduling conflicts, Alvarez believes that closing down the facility temporarily to address inconveniences would be a much easier alternative than having another organization close the Patterson Center down permanently.
“There is a zero tolerance policy for lack of care, and supervision resulting in a child wandering away from the facility,” said Alvarez. “CCCDS philosophy has always been to ensure a high quality child development program for children and families, and provide a safe learning environment for at-risk, vulnerable and needy children. The most important thing is the safety of the children.”
After one violation, CCCDS submitted a plan to the Community Care Licensing Division, implementing different procedures to prevent these violations. Unfortunately, the Patterson Center received two of the same violation in a close period of time, which resulted in the board of director’s decision to close down the facility at a board meeting on June 11.
“We implemented a new set of procedures for the first violation, but still received another violation. So we thought it would be best to stop and look a little further into the program,” said Alvarez. “We wanted to be proactive and close down before we were forced to close down.”
The CCCDS will be working with housing authorities to remove any “blind spots” within the program’s structural format to further ensure a higher quality of supervision within the building.
The center will remain closed until a new supervision plan will be implemented, followed by a maintenance directory. The board of directors will implement the final step, which will ensure the building to remain open for nearby residents.
The Patterson center is expected to open again in January 2014.
CCCDS sent out letters on June 13 to ensure that each parent or guardian were aware of the building’s closure and hosted an emergency meeting for parents to learn about additional options for childcare.
“We do have options available to families,” said Alvarez, who has worked 35 years for the childcare agency. “Many of the families have already taken their children to our center in Westley or Newman.”
CCCDS is also closely working with the Stanislaus County of Education to ensure continuous childcare services for the State and MSHS children.
The educational program provides activities for children that facilitate physical, cognitive, social and emotional development. The program is developmentally, culturally and linguistically appropriated and is designed to enable children to develop to his/her fullest potential.
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