Several Gardner parents are scrambling this week after learning that Little People’s Place Child Development Center closed its doors on Aug. 20.
Dave Miller, managing owner, said that a construction defect in the building caused mold to grow inside of the daycare walls.
Miller said the mold is not airborne, but repairing the damage would require opening the walls, possibly sending the mold into the air. The center is located at 125 N. Moonlight Road.
Engineers and health department officials recommended that the daycare center not open.
Parents learned of the daycare center’s closing via a Facebook message posted to the center’s page the evening of Aug. 19.
“The health and well-being of you and your children is our highest priority,” the post reads. “We are so sorry for this terrible inconvenience to all of you. This has come as a terrible shock to all of us. More information will be coming in as further testing is done.”
Miller said they are still assessing the situation and considering their options. However, the center’s Facebook page suggests the closure may be permanent.
“Providing you and your children with the best care possible has been our dream, and it appears to be over,” the post reads.
Miller said parents will have opportunities to stop by the center to pick up their children’s things, and that pre-paid tuition will be refunded in a timely manner.
They will continue to update the Facebook page as more information becomes available.