ALBANY A popular Albany child day care center has informed parents that it will be closing at the end of the year, according to a letter sent to parents Wednesday.
The child care center at Sherwood Baptist Church sent letters to parents Wednesday saying that a mixture of increasing expenses and state regulations and decreasing revenues has prompted church officials to close the facility as of Dec. 30.
Center Director Merry Johnson issued a statement Wednesday night explaining why church officials believed it was no longer a viable operation.
“For the past 2 years, the economy has caused a downturn in enrollment and that, along with the cost of increased regulations, has impacted the economic strength of Sherwood Baptist Church Day Care Center to the point that it is no longer a viable operation,” Johnson said.
The letter sent to parents also states that some of the children at the center will be redirected to Sherwood’s lower campus to finish out the school year.
According to Sherwood’s website, the day care hosts children ages six weeks to K-3, for prices ranging from $110 to $140 weekly.
Bright From the Start, the state agency that regulates child daycare centers, keeps records on day care centers throughout Georgia. According to documents obtained from the state, the center at Sherwood had mostly clear scores and only was docked on the latest inspection for being above the preferred child-to-teacher ratio, having issues with infant crib procedures and for a lack of certain playground equipment.
According to the September 2011 report, the playground fencing had been damaged and not properly repaired and certain playground equipment was missing pieces or was defective which prompted the state to give it a “partially met” status.
The center also received a “not met” status for use of crib blankets after the monitor found three infants had the blankets loosely wrapped around them rather than tucked tightly under the mattress, the records show. The report said that staff were reminded of the proper procedures.