Murfreesboro daycare plans to fight license revocation

Murfreesboro daycare plans to fight license revocation (Image 1)

A long-time Murfreesboro daycare hopes to get its license back after it was revoked Wednesday by the Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS).

Berdette Roper told News 2 her family has run the non-profit Bradley Nursery School for 27 years, but now says she is being “singled out” by the state for a number of what she called “minor violations that have now been corrected.”

“We have been doing this for 27 years and all of a sudden nothing seems to be going right,” Roper added.

The daycare was placed on a restrictive license in October of 2013 and given a list of conditions to keep its license in February of 2014, but  DHS indicated in its license revocation order that Bradley Nursery School had failed to do so.

“There were a lot of things in here that were really nitpicking,” Roper said as she showed News 2 around the empty daycare Thursday. “If it was something we were doing with the children I would understand.”

News 2 obtained a list of violations and inspections for July 1, 2013 through July, 1 2014.

The list showed numerous violations with indications that most had been corrected, but the Department of Human Services spokesperson took a different view of the violations.

In a statement to News 2, “The Department of Human Services issued a license denial for Bradley Nursery School on October 23, 2013. The child care provider appealed the denial and subsequently went before the Child Care Board of Review in February 2014. The Board of Review determined that Bradley Nursery School would be issued a restricted license of which certain conditions would be met, notably, that the center would not receive any other violations.”

It continued, “Since the entry of the Board’s Order, Bradley has repeatedly failed to meet the conditions required by the Board for Bradley’s continued operation on a restricted license. Therefore license was revoked as of today (Wednesday). Past violations were related to supervision, equipment, food, physical facilities and administration, among others.”

Roper said she has the support of the board of the non-profit daycare.

DHS said she can re-apply in one year.

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