The Minnesota Department of Human Services Office of the Inspector General and Bureau of Criminal Apprehension executed a search warrant at the daycare in North Minneapolis. Some parents told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS they were confused, but said it was some kind of investigation.
DHS confirmed the investigation is specifically focused on financial misconduct with the daycare’s child care assistance program. The state-run program helps low-income families pay for child care so parents can pursue employment or education opportunities.
“I grew up in this community and understand how important it is for families to have child care they can count on,” DHS commissioner Emily Piper said in a statement. “That makes these allegations particularly troubling. Our Office of Inspector General will continue to partner with law enforcement in this investigation. Our goal remains to make sure families receive the services they need and taxpayer funds are used responsibly”.
This is not the first time Kingdom Kare has had problems. Public records show they’ve been investigated for health and safety violations and problems with child to staff ratios over the years. Right now, they’re on conditional license status.
The DHS said the facility is still open because a search warrant doesn’t close down a facility.
Kingdom Kare declined to comment on the investigation.