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The Blue Giraffe day care is in good standing after license almost revoked

Posted at 8:54 PM, Feb 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-26 23:22:44-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Blue Giraffe day care on Elmwood Avenue in the Ken-Ton area is in good standing after the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) found half a dozen violations last August.

According to day care's attorney, Terry Connors, the day care cooperated completely with OCFS during the investigation. Connors says OCFS recommended certain education and training programs for teachers and now are not facing revocation.

"The education process is already started, and will be on-going," Connors said. "It is a valuable benefit both for The Blue Giraffe and for the State."

7 Eyewitness News obtained documents detailing a complaint of corporal punishment made back on August 21,2018. The documents says a female assistant teacher violently took a chair with a male child sitting on it and threw him and the chair on the floor. The child hit his head on the side of a changing table when he landed. The report says she did this to discipline the child for biting another child.

The assistant teacher has been fired from the school, according to the attorney.

The day care failed to report the incident to the New York State Office of Children and Family Services along with other violations that include the use of corporal punishment, not having the qualified staff, and failure to notify the parents.

7 Eyewitness News spoke with a teacher outside the school and she confirmed that teachers have been through behavioral training.

The day care has been open for almost 30 years.