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More violations at a Lee County daycare

DONNELLSON, IA (WGEM) — New state documents reveal more violations involving Raisin’ Em Up Early Learning Center in Donnellson, Iowa.

It’s the same daycare where 4-month-old Jack Rowland died last December after being found unresponsive.

Iowa Department of Human Services documents reveal that when DHS workers made an unannounced visit on September 24th, they found a child sleeping in a high chair, which is against safe sleep requirements established by the state.

Officials also found violations involving sanitary conditions, problems with expired or unlabeled medication, first aid kits that either had parts missing, or the whole kit missing, and choking hazards.

DHS officials recommended the daycare’s license be revoked in April, and these unannounced visits are part of that process.

Calls by WGEM News to DHS have not been returned.

A call made by WGEM News to the daycare wasn’t immediately returned.

The complete report can be read below.

If you are on the WGEM Mobile App and can not see the PDF above, click here.

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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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