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Erie Daycare Forced to Close After Sleeping Child Left on Bus

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The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare has come down hard on an Erie daycare center after a sleeping child was left alone on a bus for 30 minutes.

The  department has ordered  daycare  services at the Martin Luther King Center to be shut down.  The child was left alone on the bus last week when  the bus returned to the school after a morning pickup run.    The bus driver and two other employees have been suspended for not following established protocol.

Parents of 60 children had to scramble yesterday to find another daycare center for their kids.     The MLK Center has filed an appeal and a hearing will be held Monday on the future of child care at the center.

"We're entrusted with the lives of these kids. It's our responsibility to make sure that they're safe at all times.   And during this incident, we didn't do our job," said James Sherrod, Executive Director.

The MLK Center has been offering daycare for over 40 years.    It has two child care licences.  Only one has been revoked.    So, the agency was permitted to take in 26 children at its facility across the street.  The parents of the other children had to find other daycare arrangements.  Some staff members who were not suspended were put to work across the street. Others are doing various work at the community center.

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