Day care center appeals ruling revoking its license

Cloverleaf seeks delay until case is settled

March 21, 2001|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

A Millersville day care center filed an appeal yesterday of an administrative law judge's decision revoking its license.

In its appeal, Cloverleaf Child Development Center asked Anne Arundel County Circuit Court to block the revocation order until the case is decided, saying that closing during the appeal would disrupt the lives of 115 children, their parents and center employees.

Lenora Porzillo, owner of the day care center in the 8200 block of Cloverleaf Drive, contended that the ruling issued March 13 by Administrative Law Judge Georgia Brady contained inaccuracies.

Brady upheld a September decision by the state's Child Care Administration to revoke the license based on about 100 violations and 20 complaints since 1997, including claims of unqualified staff members, not properly recording medication given to children and workers hitting children.

Brady wrote that the center posed a danger to its young charges.

In the 37-page decision, Brady wrote that the center has been found violating regulations more often than it had complied with them. She also wrote that employees' denials of mistreatment were unbelievable.

Porzillo said yesterday, "We are shocked that the ruling has so many inaccuracies." Inspections have found no violations at the center for seven months, she said.

Results of those inspections were not available yesterday afternoon from the Child Care Administration. A spokeswoman for the agency said it would work within the legal process on the center's licensing.

Porzillo, who acknowledged past staffing problems, said she is looking forward to the chance to show that her center, which is nearly 10 years old, is free of the problems listed in Brady's report.

"Hopefully, we will get a judge with an open mind who will give us a fair hearing," she said.

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