Precious Ones Child Care lost license last month

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Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014 12:00 am

The state announced recently that a Papillion daycare lost its license late last year.

Precious Ones Child Care, run by Patricia Longcrier, had its family child care home II license revoked on Dec. 7 by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The daycare, near Bailey Circle and Deer Run Lane, was open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Longcrier’s license allowed her to care for a maximum of 12 children from six weeks to 13 years old.

Department of Health and Human Services records describe how the license came to be suspended:

In September 2012, Longcrier requested that her license be placed as “inactive” while she was out of the state. She requested the license be placed on extended temporary and voluntary cease of operation in September 2013 because she was going to be out of the state.

The request was approved effective Sept. 17. But on Sept. 30, the department received an application from Longcrier to place her license back to active.

Nancy Foral, a state child care inspection specialist, inspected the daycare on Oct. 3 and cited several non-compliances to be corrected. Longcrier made the corrections and her license was reactivated on Oct. 6.

Then, on Oct. 11, the department received information that Longcrier had provided child care during her inactive status.

Foral spoke with five families whose children were enrolled in Longcrier’s program during the time her license was inactive. Parents said Longcrier was gone for quite a bit during the summer of 2013. They said the secondary provider, Melissa Rosenthal, provided care.

Foral also interviewed Patrick Nastase of the Papillion Police Department. Nastase was dispatched to Longcrier’s home in September 2013 for a complaint of too many children in care.

Nastase reported that there were 13 children with two caregivers on Sept. 27. Three of the children were Longcrier’s grandchildren and two were school-age.

Longcrier was interviewed and denied providing child care during the time her license was inactive. Rosenthal told Foral that she did provide child care for three families at her own home during the time Longcrier’s license was inactive.

She said she would bring the children over to Longcrier’s daily to feed Longcrier’s dogs. She also said she would sometimes stay at Longcrier’s home for several hours to let the dogs run around. On some days, she would bring sack lunches for the children.

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