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Investigators want Lee County daycare’s licensed revoked

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DONNELLSON, IA (WGEM) — The state of Iowa recommends a Lee County daycare be shut down following allegations that the staff has repeatedly put kids in danger.

Despite the state's recommendation for closure, Raisin' Em Up Early Learning Center was open Tuesday, as staff face 10 different allegations of misconduct. Officials said that's currently the most complaints of any licensed facility in the state.

Three complaints said the center didn't have the proper number of supervising adults. They said the center failed to keep the required ratio of one adult for every four children.

Two complaints said staff over medicated children Once with Tylenol, the other with antibiotics.

Two more complaints said staff left children on the bus.

Another said an infant got out the daycare and ended up near the road after staff had fallen asleep on the job.

The center's director, Sarah Tweedy, told WGEM News that the allegations are "inaccurate and have been exaggerated." Tweedy declined an interview request.

WGEM News reached out to the Department of Children and Family Services to ask about a timeline for closing the daycare. The state has yet to comment.

Raisin' Em On Up Complaints:

Raisin' Em Up Early Learning Center Complaints:

To look at daycare provider compliance reports:

To report a concern with a daycare provider:

  • In Illinois (Department of Child and Family Services)
    DCFS says to call the Day Care Information Hotline at 1-877-746-0829 and ask for the name and number for the licensing representative assigned to your provider. You may then call the licensing representative or his/her supervisor and discuss your concerns.
    DCFS website
  • In Missouri (Department of Health and Senior Services)
    DHSS says if you suspect child abuse, neglect or exploitation at a child care facility in Missouri, contact the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-800-392-3738.
    DHSS website
  • In Iowa (Department of Human Services)
    DHS says if you have concerns regarding a specific child care provider or child care business that is not meeting Iowa regulations, please contact the Iowa Child Care Complaint Hotline at 844-786-1296.
    IDHS website
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