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Children's Nook in Charleston closes suddenly

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Parents who took their kids to Children's Nook on Clement Ferry Road scrambled to find a way to care for their children and dozens of teachers were left without a job. Parents who took their kids to Children's Nook on Clement Ferry Road scrambled to find a way to care for their children and dozens of teachers were left without a job.
CHARLESTON, SC - Dozens of parents and workers showed up at Children's Nook Daycare on Clements Ferry Road Thursday to learn the daycare was out of business.

News 2 first told you about the daycare being cited for having too many children to a teacher in a room and for improper supervision last week.

News 2 reporter Veronica Macias asked an employee why the daycare closed without notifying parents. The employee said, "I have no comment at the moment."

Parents scrambled to figure out another place for their children to go.

One parent says "Some people got phone calls from either teachers that worked here that had cell phone numbers of the parents. Some parents had other parent that they know of that they called and said, hey... You know it's closed. What are we going to do. Everybody is in a panic."

The teachers were outraged. Now former teacher Barbara Montgomery told News 2, "this is cold-hearted. This takes a really cold-hearted person to do thing like this - to our kids...you know that we've been taking of for years."

Teachers were waiting for their now former employer to let them in to gather their belongings. Some worked at the daycare for more than five years and did not get an explanation as to why Children's Nook closed.

A parent said, "It's very very sad because there's families who have been here. Eight, nine years multiple children having amazing experiences, writing amazing reviews -- and it was wiped out in a week."

Workers say the troubles began about a week ago. Several told News 2 that staff members were dismissed after questioning policy changes.

Celina Courchaine says "Or else we would be terminated. And it just got progressively worse...and I was sticking it out because they said, you know that the business was not closing."

The business apparently followed through and some teachers were let go when parents complained. They were reportedly told to take their children out of the daycare. Even though there were some indications the daycare was closely watched, teachers and parents never imagined it shutting down.

The department of social services went to the daycare last week and asked the ratio. News 2 Reporter Veronica Macias was told a couple of classrooms were out of ratio.

70 parents are now in need of childcare and 22 women are looking for work.
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