A-Z Kidz Zone Learning Center under investigation after child was left in hot van

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The Louisiana Department of Education is investigating A-Z Kids Zone Learning Center. A mother said, last week her 5-year-old daughter was left in a hot van following a field trip.

“It makes me upset because we put the safety of our children in their hands” said a parent at Kids Zone Learning Center.

In a Facebook post, the mother said, her daughter was “accidentally locked in the van and had to figure out how to unlock the van and open the door.” She also sad, her child had to “cross the parking lot, and knock on the daycare door until someone let her in. No one noticed she had been missing.”

“As a mother, I do understand the concern about it I do think that if it happened to my kid, yeah I would probably pull them.”

The mother said, she found out about the incident from her daughter Wednesday evening, hours after it happened. In a separate Facebook post, the child’s grandmother said, the child told the family “no one came to save her, and she had to save herself.”

Other parents we spoke to say, they didn’t find out until days later.

“We found out on a Friday, but we also found out through the Facebook post.”

Parents say, following the incident, the daycare took the proper steps to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

“They’re sorry, it wasn’t done intentionally the employee that was responsible has been taken care of, has been terminated” said a parent picking up her child from the daycare.

Since 2013, A-Z received 15 inspection visits from the Louisiana Department of Education. During those visits, they were given 6 citations. Last Wednesday, the highs were in the 90’s with feel like temperatures in the triple digits. Those high temperatures could have led to a deadly situation. Despite the incident, parents say, they are still keeping their kids at the facility.

“My kids personally, this is their second home that their paw-paw they look at him as their paw-paw and I know that they would do anything to ensure they are taken care of.”

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