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The Bassett Creek daycare in St. Louis Park amassed a long list of child care safety and supervision violations over the past three years, but it appears that an unpaid tax liability is what is forcing its closure. On Friday, the Minnesota Department of Human Services announced that it was revoking the child care center's license due to the tax issue.
The closure order takes effect May 21, though the center could remain open if it pays its tax debt before then. The center's phone number was disconnected Tuesday afternoon.
The revocation order comes just days after the state put the child care center on a two-year restriction and issued a $3,400 fine because of a variety of safety violations since early 2010. The laundry list of violations include:
The revocation order comes amid efforts by the Minnesota Department of Human Services to toughen its oversight of licensed child care facilities. Due to an increase in deaths in licensed family child care homes, the state is planning to toughen sanctions against homes that don't follow safe-sleep practices for infants and violate other key safety protocols. The state is likewise planning to expedite its decision-making with regard to sanctions against child care centers with violations.