GA State Authorities Shut Down South Georgia Daycare

Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, the state regulatory body that regulates daycares in Georgia (better known as “Bright From the Start”), has closed a daycare in South Georgia after an incident where an employee of the daycare backed over a 3-year-old girl, and then pulled forward and ran over her again. This is a notable event because it takes an event as horrific as this to mandate closure.  I am encouraged that the investigators on this case aggressively pursued the owner and director.  This incident occurred in Tift County, GA at the Omega Day Care Center.  Running over a child that the employee thought was in the back seat is obviously a negligent act, if not a reckless act.  I can only hope that this daycare owner has liability insurance for the facility and the van.  While insurance on the van is required (at a $25,000 minimum), in Georgia, liability insurance for the operation of the daycare is not.  In this case, the insurance for the van and for the facility would both come into play.  I hope and pray that this small girl recovers quickly and that the daycare does the right thing by compensating this child and the family for the medical bills and the horror this child and her family are living through.

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