Irondequoit parents are scrambling to find new day care for their children after Stepping Stones Learning Center announced it is shutting down.
Mom Alison Tuff said when she heard the news, she broke down.
Tuff said it’s a place her son with autism has learned to love.
“I immediately called his behavioral consultant. She confirmed it and we cried.”
This comes after the CEO was replaced in May and according to the Office of Children and Family Services, their last inspection found the center ‘non-compliant’ in several areas.
Parents picking up their kids outside Stepping Stones said they saw this coming eventually, but didn’t expect it to happen so soon.
One parent said staff assured her they would not be closing until August 31. But they say phone calls started coming in around 3 p.m. announcing that Thursday and Friday would be the last days the kids would be able to go to Stepping Stones.
News 8 reached out to the faculty but could not get anyone to comment. Parents tell us they were told by staff that the doors are closing because they can’t keep them open.
“My husband called me and he said they got a call that they’re closing. When I asked why, they said the bank didn’t approve them for more money,” said Azita Manuele. “You can’t just take your kid anywhere. Not everyone has that family support. My family is out of the country. I can’t just say, ‘Oh maybe they’ll watch her for a week or two.’
Meanwhile Tuff said she hopes her son will continue to get the guidance he needs, but it won’t be in the SSLC anymore.
“We’re going to figure it out. You know there’s some awesome staff here that would love to keep working with Andrew,” Tuff said.
News 8 was told the person who can speak to us at Stepping Stones will not be available until Thursday morning.
For resources on where to turn for help, visit https://childcarecouncil.com/