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Ark. day-care provider to close, displacing 1,700 children

October 3, 2018

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — One of the state’s largest providers of day-care services for children with developmental disabilities or medical needs has announced it’s closing all of its centers in Arkansas, displacing nearly 1,700 children.

Ascent Children’s Health Services CEO Debby Willis said in a letter to the state this week that centers in Batesville, Benton and Blytheville will close Nov. 1. Operations in four other locations will cease a month later.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the company had earlier announced that it was closing day-care centers in three other cities by Oct. 17.

The closings follow the resolution of a lawsuit against the company in the death last year of a young boy who was left in a van at its West Memphis center.

Ascent will continue to provide other behavioral health care services in Arkansas.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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