Washington daycare closure leaves parent at a loss

The Learn & Grow Daycare in Monroe closed abruptly, giving no one any notice.

MONROE -- Michelle George is used to multi-tasking at work, but not quite like this. She's typing reports with one hand while balancing her 3-year-old son on her knee with the other.

Michelle, an office manager, was working from home again, Thursday. She readily admits, it's hard to manage an office while you're at home managing a rambunctious little boy.

"It's hard to get anything done," she said. "I'm able to maybe put in four good hours."

On Monday, George showed up to Learn & Grow Childcare to drop her son off for the day, but it was closed with no notice given. Doors were locked, the owner wasn't returning calls, the Facebook page had even been taken down.

"What was I gonna do? I have to get to work. I'm gonna be late," said George. "It was incredibly aggravating."

Along with being forced to work from home, babysit and find another daycare, George said she is owed about $400 by Learn & Grow.

Up to two-dozen other families are in a similar situation.

State records list the owner of the daycare as Rodlyn Jordan Scott. We knocked at the door of her sprawling Snohomish home Thursday, which is also licensed as a daycare. Shoes were on the front porch, pets in the yard, but no one answered. Several other attempts to contact her failed, as well.

As to why Learn & Grow closed down, the only answers come from a note taped to a daycare window citing a "required state management change" and an inability to retain employees.

"I think it had something to do with her not being able to keep up the employee-child ratio," said George.

In addition to working and chasing her son around, George is 8-months pregnant. She hopes her next daycare will work out better than this one.

"I don't need this extra stress," she said with a laugh.

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