State shuts down Lake Park child care facility

LAKE PARK, GA (WALB) - A Lake Park child care facility has been issued an emergency shutdown order after a resident in the provider's home was recently arrested and charged with child molestation.

The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) issued the order for Dawn Barnhart's Family Childcare Learning Home on Highway 376 on July 6.

In a statement released by DECAL, it said, "Orders for Intended Emergency Closure are issued by the agency when it is determined that the health, safety, or welfare of children may be in imminent danger. "

According to DECAL, the program "has the right to appeal the Order for Intended Emergency Closure within 48 business hours."

Parents who may be affected by the closure of the program can find child care resources at the Quality Care for Children website or by calling 1-877-ALL-GA-KIDS.

Parents will be assisted in locating quality child care options. DECAL provides this free service to parents.  At DECAL, our top priority is the health and safety of our state's young learners. - Chief Communications Officer Reg Griffin

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