CDD Announces Intent to Revoke Registration of Elephant in the Field Family Child Care

15 July 2016

After completing its licensing investigation, the Child Development Division (CDD) of the Department for Children and Families recently sent a letter to the owner of Elephant in the Field child care in Waterbury announcing:

  1. Its intention to revoke the registration certificate that authorizes the owner to operate a family child care home as of August 8, 2016
  2. The continuation of the suspension of the owner’s right to legally provide child care services until the revocation goes into effect on August 8, 2016
  3. The owner’s right to appeal the revocation decision to the Human Services Board within 30 days

The investigation conducted by CDD, following the tragic death of a three-year-old boy in February of 2016, uncovered several licensing violations “of a serious nature” including:

  • Failing to supervise all children during outdoor play
  • Failing to protect all children from any and all conditions that threaten their health, safety and well-being
  • Violating the limit on the number of children that can be cared for at any given time
  • Providing child care services in a location not approved by the division
  • Failing to ensure all staff complied with the terms on the registration certificate

If the owner does not appeal, or the revocation decision is upheld, she will no longer be able to provide regulated child care in Vermont. It is illegal in Vermont to provide care to children from more than two families (other than your own children) without a license or registration.