Day care placed on probation

A Center Grove area day care is on probation after a worker used inappropriate discipline with a child, according to a state inspection.

KinderCare Learning Center, 980 S. State Road 135, has been issued a probationary license from Oct. 1 through the end of the year.

The day care is the seventh this year in Johnson County to be issued a probationary license by the state.

According to the state, a day care shall not use cruel, harsh, unusual, humiliating or frightening methods of discipline, including threatening the use of physical punishment. The state did not provide details on the incident that led to the probationary license.

In a statement released by KinderCare, a teacher was seen using improper guidance with a child in August. As soon as day care management found out, they reported the incident to the state and informed the child’s parents, according to the statement.

The teacher involved in the incident no longer works for the day care. And KinderCare plans to retrain all teachers and staff on proper child guidance this week, the statement said.

“Offering a safe and nurturing learning environment to all of our children is the most important part of what we do at KinderCare. We train our teachers extensively to ensure every child feels safe and welcome and this incident doesn’t reflect that commitment,” the statement said.

Under the three-month probationary license, the day care could have more inspections.

The probationary license will not affect the day-to-day operations of the center, the statement said. Families will receive a letter from the state informing them of the probationary license, the statement said.

“We’ll follow any recommendations licensing provides, as it’s also our goal to give every child in our center the safest, most nurturing learning environment possible,” the day care said in the statement.

“We’re confident that our teachers’ retraining will eliminate future mistakes. We’re committed to providing all of our family with the highest level of care.”

Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2718.