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Four Kid's Country facilities cited with 'serious' violations

Three incidents of kids going missing last year, one in 2008

An after-school childcare program at San Ramon Valley elementary schools has acquired a recent history of serious "Type A" violations, according to state officials.

Four Kid's Country after school programs have been cited for violations that pose a direct and immediate risk to the health or safety of youngsters in their care – with three of those violations occurring in 2010.

"It is fairly serious," said Oscar Ramirez, spokesman for the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), which is tasked with overseeing day care centers. "A Type A violation is basically where there is an imminent danger."

Last September, two children were left outside of Kid's Club at San Ramon's Country Club Elementary School when the others were brought inside.

In August, at the center's Bollinger Canyon Elementary facility, two were left outside unsupervised.

In March 2010, two children who were left outside Kid's County's Green Valley location started walking home before being spotted. A similar case occurred in October 2008, when two children left unattended actually walked to one of their homes.

Ramirez was unable to confirm if Kid's Country is currently under investigation for violations.

"There have been several type A violations where children have walked away unsupervised," he said adding, collectively, "It raises a few eyebrows that these may be more than isolated incidents."

Contacted at his home, Kid's Country Executive Director Chris Erbe refused to comment outside business hours.

State rules require a plan of correction to be implemented within 24 hours and a $50 per-day civil penalty each day the plan isn't implemented, and a written citation is issued even if the violation occurred and is corrected during a CDSS visit.

Ramirez said parents are among CDSS's best resources.

"Anybody can file a complaint," he said. "Parents are great eyes and ears.

Ramirez said there's a great resource for parents looking into after-school care: the community care licensing division's website, which offers information on choosing a program, a link to resource and referral agency page that can point parents toward appropriate care providers and a list of responsibilities for both providers and parents.

Comments

Posted by Tamara, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 4, 2011 at 2:21 pm

In Pleasanton, many of the after school programs are unlicensed and unregulated, which means their facilities don't even meet state minimum requirements and workers do not have to have background checks. The city has been allowing unlicensed child care facilities to be opened without a state license for several years. Make sure you check the web address listed in the article above to confirm that the child care facility you send your kids to is in fact licensed. Here are the licensed facilities in Pleasanton...if it is not here in this list, they have no state license to operate.

Facility No: 010205718 Capacity: 0100
License Status: Licensed
ADVENTURES IN LEARNING
3200 HOPYARD ROAD
PLEASANTON, CA 94588
(925) 462-7123
Contact: LAMPE, PEGGY
DO: BAY AREA-CC OAKLAND (02)
DO Phone: (510) 622-2602


Facility No: 013417600 Capacity: 0030
License Status: Licensed
BETH EMEK PRESCHOOL
3400 NEVADA CT.
PLEASANTON, CA 94566
(925) 931-1055
Contact: MELINDA MCDONALD
DO: BAY AREA-CC OAKLAND (02)
DO Phone: (510) 622-2602


Facility No: 013419478 Capacity: 0060
License Status: Licensed
BUSY BEES PRESCHOOL
4300 MIRADOR DRIVE
PLEASANTON, CA 94566
(925) 249-9000
Contact: HANSEN, KIRSTEN
DO: BAY AREA-CC OAKLAND (02)
DO Phone: (510) 622-2602


Facility No: 013412137 Capacity: 0030
License Status: Licensed
CAPE - HEAD START - HILL 'N DALE PRESCHOOL
4150 DORMAN ROAD
PLEASANTON, CA 94588
(925) 426-8341
Contact: NORMA CASTENADA
DO: BAY AREA-CC OAKLAND (02)
DO Phone: (510) 622-2602


Facility No: 013417682 Capacity: 0150
License Status: Licensed
CARDEN WEST SCHOOL
4576 WILLOW RD.
PLEASANTON, CA 94588
(925) 463-6060
Contact: ELIZABETH GIOVANETTI
DO: BAY AREA-CC OAKLAND (02)
DO Phone: (510) 622-2602


Facility No: 013419415 Capacity: 0120
License Status: Licensed
CENTERPOINTE CHRISTIAN PRESCHOOL
3410 CORNERSTONE CT.
PLEASANTON, CA 94566
(925) 461-3011
Contact: HUCKABY, DIDI
DO: BAY AREA-CC OAKLAND (02)
DO Phone: (510) 622-2602


Facility No: 013420524 Capacity: 0080
License Status: Licensed
CHILD DAY SCHOOL, LLC - PLEASANTON
883 ROSE AVE
PLEASANTON, CA 94566
(925) 462-1867
Contact: CLOW, LINDSAY
DO: BAY AREA-CC OAKLAND (02)
DO Phone: (510) 622-2602


Facility No: 010214653 Capacity: 0080
License Status: Licensed
EARLY YEARS CHILDREN'S CENTER
1251 HOPYARD ROAD
PLEASANTON, CA 94566
(925) 462-2202
Contact: VRANEK, SHERYL COMMON
DO: BAY AREA-CC OAKLAND (02)
DO Phone: (510) 622-2602


Facility No: 010213410 Capacity: 0204
License Status: Licensed
HACIENDA CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER
4671 CHABOT DRIVE
PLEASANTON, CA 94588
(925) 463-2885
Contact: IMELDA ACOSTA
DO: BAY AREA-CC OAKLAND (02)
DO Phone: (510) 622-2602


Facility No: 013419466 Capacity: 0052
License Status: Licensed
KIDANGO BERNAL
4667 BERNAL AVE.
PLEASANTON, CA 94566
(925) 846-8043
Contact: KAUR, SURINDER
DO: BAY AREA-CC OAKLAND (02)
DO Phone: (510) 622-2602


Facility No: 013411645 Capacity: 0103
License Status: Probationary
KINDERCARE LEARNING CENTER
7110 KOLL CENTER PARKWAY
PLEASANTON, CA 94566
(925) 462-2273
Contact: FISHER, KRISTINA
DO: BAY AREA-CC OAKLAND (02)
DO Phone: (510) 622-2602


Facility No: 013412605 Capacity: 0096
License Status: Licensed
KINDERCARE LEARNING CENTER - BROCKTON
3760 BROCKTON DRIVE
PLEASANTON, CA 94588
(925) 846-1240
Contact: NARINDER BRAICH
DO: BAY AREA-CC OAKLAND (02)
DO Phone: (510) 622-2602


Facility No: 010216514 Capacity: 0089
License Status: Licensed
LA PETITE ACADEMY - PLEASANTON
5725 VALLEY AVENUE
PLEASANTON, CA 94566
(925) 462-7844
Contact: SMITH, GERRY
DO: BAY AREA-CC OAKLAND (02)
DO Phone: (510) 622-2602


Facility No: 013418094 Capacity: 0032
License Status: Licensed
LOVE AND CARE PRESCHOOL
7106 JOHNSON DRIVE
PLEASANTON, CA 94588
(925) 225-0124
Contact: LAVELDA SINGLETON
DO: BAY AREA-CC OAKLAND (02)
DO Phone: (510) 622-2602


Facility No: 013411303 Capacity: 0122
License Status: Licensed
QUARRY LANE SCHOOL, THE
3750 BOULDER STREET
PLEASANTON, CA 94566
(925) 846-9400
Contact: SILVA, JENNIFER
DO: BAY AREA-CC OAKLAND (02)
DO Phone: (510) 622-2602


Facility No: 013417681 Capacity: 0180
License Status: Licensed
QUARRY LANE SCHOOL, THE
4444 BLACK AVE.
PLEASANTON, CA 94566
(925) 462-6300
Contact: KATHLEEN WARREN
DO: BAY AREA-CC OAKLAND (02)
DO Phone: (510) 622-2602


Facility No: 013413946 Capacity: 0076
License Status: Licensed
SHINING LIGHT PRESCHOOL
4455 DEL VALLE PARKWAY
PLEASANTON, CA 94566
(925) 846-2588
Contact: MCINTOSH, KELLY
DO: BAY AREA-CC OAKLAND (02)
DO Phone: (510) 622-2602


Facility No: 010215881 Capacity: 0099
License Status: Licensed
SONSHINE ENRICHMENT CENTER PRESCHOOL
1225 HOPYARD ROAD
PLEASANTON, CA 94566
(925) 417-8411
Contact: STEELE, PENNA
DO: BAY AREA-CC OAKLAND (02)
DO Phone: (510) 622-2602


Facility No: 010212344 Capacity: 0076
License Status: Licensed
ST. CLARE'S CHRISTIAN PRESCHOOL
3350 HOPYARD ROAD
PLEASANTON, CA 94588
(925) 462-0938
Contact: BELL, MARGARET
DO: BAY AREA-CC OAKLAND (02)
DO Phone: (510) 622-2602


Facility No: 013420571 Capacity: 0024
License Status: Licensed
TRI-VALLEY YMCA KINDER-READINESS MOHR
3300 DENNIS DR.
PLEASANTON, CA 94588
(925) 484-9429
Contact: SIGG, MELLANEE
DO: BAY AREA-CC OAKLAND (02)
DO Phone: (510) 622-2602


Facility No: 013420572 Capacity: 0024
License Status: Licensed
TRI-VALLEY YMCA KINDER-READINESS FAIRLANDS
4151 W. LAS POSITAS BLVD
PLEASANTON, CA 94588
(925) 426-1992
Contact: VARRELMAN, VANESSA
DO: BAY AREA-CC OAKLAND (02)
DO Phone: (510) 622-2602


Posted by Mike, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jun 4, 2011 at 2:38 pm

This highlights the importance of policies and oversight as well as the issue of human error in such operations.

Where is your compliance officer, the individual whose responsibility it is to confirm that your people are following the policies?


Posted by Teacher, a resident of another community
on Jun 5, 2011 at 12:33 pm

I use to work at the KinderCare when it was Children's World Learning Center years ago. There were two teachers that left children outside on the playground and they were fire immediately. My nephew, who is in 2nd grade now, went to the "new" KinderCare when he was younger, and at one point, two children (I believe, may have been one), got out of the facility and managed to walk all the way to the intersection. From what I remember friends and my brother telling me, the teachers were fired immediately and the director was let go soon after.

I think these problems are more frequent than people realize. Partly this may be due to the fact that a "teacher" in these programs need a minimum of 13 early childhood units- not a whole lot education goes behind this. Also, the pay is very little, so it's not like people are jumping at these jobs that have a higher degree/teaching credential.


Posted by Tamara, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 5, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Teacher, thanks for posting what you had heard. If you look at the licensed list, the facility you are referring to (Kindercare on Koll Center Parkway) is listed as not being Licensed, but in Probationary status.

Perhaps the Pleasanton Weekly can report on what problems that facility is having that have landed it in Probationary status so that the parents in Pleasanton can be informed.


Posted by Cheryl McElhany, a resident of Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Jun 6, 2011 at 9:58 am

Tamara listed all the licensed child care facilities in Pleasanton, but she missed one of the most popular and highest quality programs for school-age child care at Walnut Grove Elementary. The Extended Day Child Care (EDCC) has been at Walnut Grove since 1986. It serves approximatley 100 students in grades K-5. EDCC also serves all the Dublin elementary schools as well. EDCC is licensed by the State of California Department of Social Sevices and has never received a notice of deficiency.


Posted by MomO2, a resident of Lydiksen Elementary School
on Jun 6, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Does Tamera's post suggest the Tri-Valley YMCA program at Lydiksen is unlicensed?


Posted by Tamara, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 7, 2011 at 1:43 am

It is licensed and on the CCLD website, but under the search criteria of 'school-age' (check the website)

Facility No: 013415570 Capacity: 0060
License Status: Licensed
YMCA OF THE EAST BAY Y-KIDS LYDIKSEN
7700 HIGHLAND OAKS DRIVE
PLEASANTON, CA 94588
(925) 426-9784
Contact: MONTARO, MEGAN
DO: BAY AREA-CC OAKLAND (02)
DO Phone: (510) 622-2602


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