Kandy Kastle Daycare closing its doors, displacing 250 children
Kandy Kastle Daycare on Tuxedo Avenue will voluntarily close its doors on Friday.
Parents started removing their children in January after a teacher was fired for hitting a child with a ruler.
After more than 40 years of providing childcare to families in Chattanooga, Kandy Kastle will voluntarily close due to personal and business reasons.
They sent a list of three other daycares with openings to help parents through the process.
The director and owner Jerald Mason says this comes after an unfortunate disagreement between the owners of the church and daycare.
“The church here has been a landlord for 10 years,” said Jerald Mason. “They tried to get their own daycare, and they wanted to take ours over.”
While the church does not own the daycare, Mason says in order for the church to become a daycare, they would need to update the building so it's in compliance with the state's fire code.
He says it would be a financial burden to relocate the daycare.
Mason says he called other daycares in the area to help parents.
“The parents were Kandy Kastle kids themselves, and they have brought their kids here,” said Mason. “So, you are committed to those parents.”
One of the child care providers on the list is the 21st Century Child Development Center, and it's a seven-minute drive from Kandy Kastle.
Co-owner teddy wheeler says they are dedicated to helping out.
“We don't know where they are actually coming from, but we feel that we are close enough in proximity.”
Now, more than 250 kids will have to go somewhere else.
“We have taken in a few, but it is a continuous thing,” said Wheeler.
Right now, it's not clear what the church will do with the building.
Channel 3 has reached out to church leaders, but our calls have not been returned.
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