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MADISON, Wis. - A near east side day care announced on its Facebook page that it will keep its license after the state investigated accusations claims of sexual.
The state Department of Children and Families temporarily revoked the Red Caboose Day Care Center’s child care license in mid-July for allegations of sexual abuse.
The statement on the center’s Facebook page said details on the decision by the DCF were emailed to parents.
“The outpouring of support and kindness in the last few weeks has helped us through a very trying time,” the post said. “We look forward to providing excellent care and education to young children, and being an event better center for many years to come.”
The revocation letter sent by DCF in July said the Williamson Street nonprofit organization's license was being revoked because someone at the facility "created a condition that directly threatens the health, safety or welfare of any child under the care."
On July 8 the state was notified of evidence of sexual abuse of a 2-year-old child in the care of Red Caboose by a volunteer helping at the center, according to the letter.
Officials said in March two employees were notified of the alleged abuse and did not immediately report it to authorities.
The day care center also allegedly allowed the volunteer to continue to help at the center and have contact with the children after administrators were told about the alleged behavior, according to the letter.
The Red Caboose Day Care Center is one of the longest running facilities in Madison, operating since 1972. Officials at the day care said until this recent incident, the facility has never been cited for major violations.
The facility has received high marks from city and state regulators in recent years. Officials with the facility said a crisis management team will meet Friday to decide what steps the facility needs to take next.
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