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Kona daycare center's license suspended over threat to child

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:42 a.m. HST, Feb 15, 2013

The state Department of Human Services suspended a Kailua-Kona group child care center’s operating license last Friday, citing repeated noncompliance with state licensing requirements and a continued threat to children being cared for, according to a department news release.

The department could also revoke the center’s license to operate a group child care center for 76 children.

Licensing problems for Kid’s Play Corner, Inc., which does business as Busy Buddies Hawaii, stem from a 2009 Child Welfare Service investigation that found that one of the center’s staff members had threatened to abuse a child being cared for at the center.

DHS required owners of the center to fire the individual, who DHS deemed unsuitable to provide child care, to maintain compliance with licensing requirements. The individual was also banned from the center during child care hours and when children were present.

DHS said it later confirmed that the individual had violated the ban, having returned to the center on multiple occasions since 2009.

No other details were available from the department.

Busy Buddies Hawaii may appeal the license suspension, but would still be unable to care for any children until a decision in the appeal is made.

Owners of Busy Buddies Hawaii could not be reached for comment.

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daniwitz13 wrote:
I am NOT a Lawyer but Laws that say that one must disappear from the face of the Earth is crazy. This person has NOT been convicted of anything. To then say that they cannot go here or there is Unconstitutional. To say that one must disappear when children appear is absurd. Like usual the State is anti-business. Pity.
on February 15,2013 | 10:04AM
Pocho wrote:
Unconstitutional my foot! hahahahaha, lets wait till the process of their possible appeal of this situation goes to court. Seems to me there are requirements to be met since the DHS investigated and found that that person to be at fault. Little kids don't need to see adults that threaten them ever again at the establishment, working there or not. They applied for the license to do business and was granted to do so, there are rules one must follow. You don't allow things to happen in which it shouldn't, period. Maybe to laid back of an atmosphere there to let this happen. Someone must be complaining about that person still being seen there, so there you go. That person knows the rules and the establishment doesn't or they're not following the rulles
on February 15,2013 | 11:10AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Do they feel they are above the rules?
on February 15,2013 | 01:00PM
daniwitz13 wrote:
One can make rules but is it Lawful to make those rules? Like maybe , do not walk on the grass. Pity.
on February 16,2013 | 09:40AM
niimi wrote:
METHheads? I hope not.
on February 15,2013 | 07:21PM
tutulady wrote:
What kind of verbal threat? "Behave or time-out?" "Do you want a spanking?" Seems like a threat everyone makes to a child of any age who's misbehaving. That's the problem with this generation, the parents don't understand their child may not be the perfect angel and needs a little discipline. The first thing they do is blame the adult when their own little angel is the one that's causing the problem. Kids that can't take a "No" grow up to be spoiled brats and irresponsible adults.
on February 16,2013 | 05:59AM
hanalei395 wrote:
No need to threaten, just expel the kid. ...problem solved.
on February 16,2013 | 07:16AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Expel? At daycare?
on February 16,2013 | 07:25AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Expel? Daycare?
on February 16,2013 | 07:30AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Sorry ,kids need to be told twice.
on February 16,2013 | 07:32AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Third time ....expel the kid.
on February 16,2013 | 09:06AM
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