When the administration invalidates a medical diagnosis and obfuscates and fails to report, those values or lack there of trickle down. This was all substantiated via Childcare Licensing with multiple emails, photos and medical reports that were time stamped as proof. When the administration and teachers can't be honest about reporting to Licensing or being truthful about eye-witnessed events and try to invalidate them, that does not teach honesty and integrity. When a school fails to communicate to parents about incidents or fails to keep their files up to date, that speaks a lot about integrity and transparency. It trickled down into the play yard. In addition, children were not accorded equality when it came to treatment. Teachers and the administration should not downplay some bites and call them "pretend", "accident" or "lick". It's not an accident when a leg is missing a sizeable chunk of skin and should have required stitches. When a school fails to follow the rules and regulations of Title 22 for communication to parents and licensing and upholding the personal rights of children, that speaks volumes about their values. Again, Childcare Licensing found them in violation of Title 22 and cited them with a Type A (Immediate Harm to Children) for Personal Rights violations and a Type B (Potential Harm to Children) for reporting Violations. Had Licensing been informed it would have triggered an investigation, parents/ children, faculty would have been interviewed. Unfortunately, they were never contacted and we were never given that opportunity until PARENTS, not the administration or Board of Directors, contacted Licensing to see if they knew about the medical injuries. I can only hope the school now recognizes that this was not parent's "views" but it was the law. We hope that they will work to be transparent and earn the public's trust back through integrity.
Parents, You have a right to know: Type A Citation for Violating Children's Personal Rights and Type B Citation for Failing to report to Childcare Licensing about incidents (with an S). MARCH 2016 Childcare Licensing cited them and required SCHOOL WIDE immediate changes to their failed policies in care and supervision that resulted in emotional and physical harm to children in the form of bites, hits and verbal violence. This was PREVENTABLE. Some injuries required Hospital care, Medical and Psychological care. It was not an isolated incident, but happened over the course of several years in several preschool classes. It was not due to a rouge teacher or child but due to failed policy and leadership from the administration. Intervention should have taken place to prevent further injuries, help intervene with children who were repeat aggressors and help children who were witnessing these confusing, aggressive incidents with very little teacher intervention. It is harmful to a child's budding instincts/ trust to invalidate them and tell them that their bite was "pretend" or a "lick". Many parents had meetings to advocate for safety changes and communication protocol. It was by luck that parents discovered that their children's injuries were connected. It wasn't until parents, NOT the administration or the BOD, contacted Licensing to ask if they knew about the aggression or serious medical injuries, did Licensing end up knowing most of it. That's 18 mos later! Speaks volumes about the school's priorities. Laws are in place to protect this vulnerable population who can't speak for themselves . Parents trust their administration to follow them. Cultural differences and the prime minister visiting does NOT supersede the laws. The parents who filed with Licensing never advocated for a school closure, just safety changes for future children. We can only hope that through integrity and transparency that La Scuola won't fail more families. They get a second chance, but unfortunately, young children don't get to repeat being 2, 3, 4 or 5 years old. Actions speak louder than words/ marketing and there is no excuse to justify their inaction.
The citations are public record on childcare licensing's website. Call them or check online.
Enter preschool childcare 2-5 years and then enter the facility number: 384002073
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Again, the leadership and administration bears most of the responsibility for failing to act and prevent harm. However, teachers could have been better at recognizing that it is NOT normal for hospital care to happen repeatedly and other serious medical injuries to happen repeatedly in such a short amount of time. I recognize the vulnerabilities teachers faced. Parents of children faced them too. However, we are all a village and morally and ethically, someone should have stood up and contacted Licensing. It shouldn't have been parents doing it almost 18mos later. There is absolutely no shame in advocating for children's rights.
The leaders, teachers, staff - everyone is really terrific. I would offer a special acknowledgement to our board president and her team for their exceptional vision that has partnered with the school to manage it's explosive growth in the last 10 years and see it set up for the future. bravo!
My daughter lives and breathes to go to school for her teachers. They are central to the entire experience. These teachers are given continuous development and our support of them (I hope) is reinforced throughout the year so they feel good in their environment, too. Happy teachers - happy kids - happy parents!
affection is celebrated, smiles and support are given freely, and respect for all the creatures in the garden is active! they don't throw snails in the trash or out the window...they look at them move, think of things to feed them...learn from the environment.