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STATE REVOKES FAMILY DAY CARE LICENSE OF SAN FRANCISCO WOMAN

 SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Following a hearing, the California Department of Social Services has revoked the community care license held by Elsie A. Willis of San Francisco to operate a family day care home, on charges that she did not provide a safe and healthful environment for children, failed to ensure that children in care were supervised at all times, and did not make her client roster available to the licensing authorities as requested. Willis' license had been temporarily suspended on Nov. 23, 1992.
 "Most family day care providers in California abide by the regulations established to ensure the health and safety of children in their care," said Eloise Anderson, department director. "Unfortunately, we sometimes find individuals who ignore the terms of their licenses, and to protect the children we must revoke that operator's license."
 A hearing on the charges was held before Administrative Law Judge Michael C. Cohn in San Francisco. The revocation became effective on Sept. 21, 1993. Willis' facility was licensed by the department on March 30, 1989, to care for a maximum of six children. According to the judge's findings, on one occasion a two-and-one-half-year-old child sustained mild to moderate physical injuries while in Willis' care; on another occasion she left three children alone in the facility while she went to the grocery store; on one occasion she refused to allow the licensing authorities to review her roster of child clients, as is required by regulations; and she did not have a valid fire safety clearance on the home.
 "Only about one-half of one percent of all the licensed providers in California do not provide the safe, nurturing care for the children that parents expect," Anderson said. "Licensed facilities must meet stringent care, health and safety standards, or face licensing discipline."
 The department licenses family day care facilities under the state's Health and Safety Code. Of over 85,000 licensed community care facilities in California, more than 47,500 are family day care homes providing care and supervision for almost 340,000 children from infants to age 10.
 To file a complaint or to obtain information on a particular community care facility or about becoming a licensed provider, contact the CDSS Community Care Licensing Division office at 851 Traeger Ave., Suite 360, San Bruno. The telephone number is 415-266-8800.
 -0- 11/15/93
 /NOTE TO EDITORS: This is press release no. 93:186./
 /CONTACT: Liz Brady of California Department of Social Services, 916-657-2268/


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