K&J – Bonus Rewind – Universal Pre-K / An Interview with Doug’s Place Director Rhonda Preston

A K&J Show originally airing May 21st, 2013 gives us a view of some of the pre-schools and day care facilities in the region and their intention to participate in the Universal Pre Kindergarten program – (Click here for that program) a program funded by the New York State Department of Education which pays $2,700 per student to attend a half day program the school year prior to their entrance into kindergarten.

Dougs Place

A family’s complaint in July leads to the removal of a local pre-school director from the role of child care in August..  We spoke in a recent K&J show (May 21st, 2013) with Doug’s Place Director Rhonda Preston. During the Morning News, we aired excerpts of that program. 

AUDIO – 081513 – Dougs Place Allegations – Rhonda Preston

A complaint with serious Allegations forces the The Director of Doug’s Place in Saranac Lake to step back from child care until a full investigation can be completed by the office of Children and Family Services..  The Adirondack Daily Enterprise says they received a call from a local parent whose child had been slated to attend the Pre-K program there in the fall.  Doug’s Place Director Rhonda Preston, through her lawyer, Brian Barrett says the current allegations are all associated with her care of a single child. Preston has been a provider of Day Care services for 29 years and at no point in Ms Preston’s long career have there been any findings or accusations of abuse or neglect of any child in her care.. The state’s investigation of these allegations will continue.The Universal Pre-K program would have sent 12 students to Doug’s Place but those students will be re-assigned to the other three facilities participating in the universal Pre-K Program in the district.

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