Local YMCA daycare could lose license, leave hundreds of parents without childcare

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The YMCA’s Carlson Metro Day Care Center is being investigated by the New York State Office of Children and Family services.

The investigation began after a child in one of their programs got away from a playground area April 23rd.

The YMCA said the incident was reported to OCFS. On the OCFS website,the daycare is now listed under pending revocation, meaning the daycare is open for business, but could close pending their decision.

In a statement, OCFS told News 8:

Due to the lack of required supervision and the lack of required record-keeping, OCFS has moved to revoke this program’s license, an action the program may appeal at an administrative hearing. If a provider puts children at risk of harm, OCFS will work with the provider and bring them into compliance with state standards, but when providers fail in meeting those standards, the agency takes stronger action. Parents deserve access to the quality, safe child care. OCFS promotes this through licensing, inspections and training for providers and their staff.”

This wasn’t the first time they looked into the daycare.

At least 33 incidents have been reported since July of 2016. Nine are listed as unresolved on the website.

Some parents found the latest incident concerning.

“There should be a lock on [that gate], a child proof lock,” parent Rebecca Lentz said.

Others believe the good should outweigh a few mistakes.

“You could be sitting right next to a kid or holding their hand and they could just run away,” Angela Jingles said. “I’m not concerned about leaving my child here at all.”

In a statement, the YMCA said:

“The safety and security of the thousands of children in our care is our highest priority. Still, the YMCA always strives to do better. We have heightened our internal training, and are partnering with New York State Office of Children and Family Services for additional onsite assistance and to ensure we are in compliance with all state regulations. To date, the YMCA of Greater Rochester has responded to all cited violations.

The YMCA of Greater Rochester is a nonprofit organization that has offered childcare services for 36 years at more than 40 locations. We are proud to be the largest childcare provider in Monroe County. Our commitment to serve the families of our community is highlighted by the tenure of the staff at our suburban and urban branches. The Y remains committed to improving child safety and meeting the needs of the communities we serve.”

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