Parents surprised by Henrico daycare closing

Sign posted at daycare
Sign posted at daycare

SANDSTON, VA (WWBT) - Dozens of parents have lots of questions after the abrupt closing of a Henrico daycare center.

Not only are they trying to make other arrangements, they can't understand the last-minute notice.

One by one parents pulled up to the Academy for Kids in Eastern Henrico to drop off their children.

Kimerly Willis thought this was a typical Monday morning before work - but instead of a smiling daycare worker, she was greeted by a letter on the door saying the Academy was closed.

"You don't do something like that," Willis said.  "I love my children and I love the education they give to my children and right now I can't receive either of those."

The lights are out and the doors are locked, but you can still see children's art in the windows and toys with no children playing with them.

"I never had any issues with this daycare until now," she said.

But the Department of Social Services has had issues.

Social Services has made more than half a dozen unannounced visits to this place within the last month and a half or so.

There's a long laundry list of violations - mostly record keeping violations - but in a few cases children were not picked up from school and several employees didn't have criminal background checks on file."

Scott Durgin got a call from the Academy Sunday night around 11. He says he paid ahead for this week of care on Friday and no one mentioned anything was wrong.

"It's a slap in the face right here," Durgin said.  "You're going to take my money on Friday and you're going to close on Sunday. What was your pretenses for that? Get what you can and get out of here?"

Now Willis has to break the bad news to her three and four year-old daughters.

"They're ready to come to school," Willis said.  "They're overly eager, ready, happy and now I have to tell them, 'hey guys you can't go to school today.'"

We reached out to the president, executive vice president and program director of the Academy for comment.

Our messages were not returned.

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