Callahan Childcare forced to shut down in 24 hours

CALLAHAN, Fla. --- One Nassau County Child care is getting forced to close its doors by Friday at 5 PM. The state is ordering the Agape Child Care and Family Services center to shut down, but parents are outraged at the short notice. However, according to John Harrell, with the Department of Children and Families, the child care has six class 2 violations. After a sixth class 2 violation, any Florida childcare is forced to shutdown.

According to DCF documents, the childcare was cited for ratio violations, vermin and roaches and facility not in good repair. However, parents we spoke with, are not concerned about the violations, but instead, they are concerned that the doors are closing.

Aimee Morgan has a daughter at the childcare.

"We live in Florida," said Morgan. "We have palmetto bugs. It wasn't a roach it was a palmetto bug and this happens because the kids keep the doors open and we have trees."

Morgan tells FCN, she does not know where to turn next.

"I am very upset," said Morgan. "My daughter Bonnie has been here since she was six weeks old and she grew up at this day-care and now she is eight."

Aimee's daughter loves the childcare and she says she is upset. "I am nervous because I might not have a childcare anymore," said Bonnie. "I am sad."

However, John Harrell with DCF, says the childcare was placed on probation and they were given several warnings. "There are a number of violations with this facility," said Harrell. "[That's] including the very important issue of the facility being out of ratio on numerous occasions and that is very important because they don't have the proper number of employees to properly watch children."

According to the childcare owner, she has the proper staff and all repairs to the building have been made accordingly. However, DCF tells FCN the childcare will shutdown come 5 PM, Friday.

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