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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Eighteen local daycares could be shut down after the state revoked their licenses. But many remain open, at least for now.
One day after local daycares received a letter from the state saying their licenses are being revoked, some daycares still say it's business as usual -- and tell us they're fighting the state.
Inspector General Mary Reinle Begley says the revocation notices are a result of a year-long investigation into fraud: "The reason that these particular agencies were identified was through our survey process and through electronic monitoring that we do with the Division of Childcare."
The investigation involves altered or falsified documents, including sign-in sheets for children. Begley would not get into specific details because of the ongoing investigation.
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services has also stopped paying Child Care Assistance money to those centers. They have twenty calendar days to appeal and do not have to close immediately. But if they do not appeal, they will be shut down.
Begley explains, "If they'd like to request a hearing in that 20 days we will accommodate that , if there is no action taken within 20 days then there will be a permanent revocation of their license."
At least owner says she doesn't know why her business is being investigated by the state. She says she and other owners feel their daycares are being unfairly targeted.
WDRB News also talked to a parent who didn't want to go on camera, but says she didn't have any problems with her daycare.
The director of Trina's Treehouse Two says the daycare has already fixed the problem of sign-in sheets.
The state has named 17 centers, of which some have multiple locations. But the state hasn't named the 18th center publicly yet because its notice is being delivered by mail. Others were hand-delivered.
Inspector General Begley was asked, what she would say to parents with children in those facilities, replied, "I would say it's up to an individual parent to decide what's best for their child." When asked whether she deemed those daycares unsafe, she said, "I'm not going to comment on that."