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Centerpointe preschool, former employee sued by parents of bound child

Original post made on Apr 8, 2013

The parents of a 2-year-old who was bound with tape while in the care of Centerpointe Christian Preschool have sued the school and the woman who allegedly bound the child. The civil case was filed in Martinez on March 21. It alleges that Angela Calcagno was unlicensed and unlawfully employed by the school. She is no longer employed by Centerpointe.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, April 5, 2013, 4:32 PM

Comments (12)

Posted by William, a resident of Danville
on Apr 8, 2013 at 7:24 am

Not surprising as these Christian connected schools have the delusional belief they are doing God's will. "Spare the rod(or tape) and spoil the child." The oversight stops with the "Pastor" named Barris or Harris as the article has him with two different names. It seems he was asleep at the helm as the holy program drifted upon the rocks.


Posted by Douglas, a resident of Blackhawk
on Apr 8, 2013 at 11:00 am

First, let's not condemn all Christian preschools, and second, as far as I am concerned, this isn't a preschool - it is DAYCARE. When parents drop off their 2 year old kids at 7:00 a.m. and don't pick them up until 6:00 p.m., it is called a babysitting service and at that point, those parents shouldn't have ever had kids to begin with! I am not condoning what that "teacher" did, but it seems the whole reason the parents choose such a long "preschool" is so they don't have to deal with their whiny kids!!!


Posted by Bayareamom, a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 8, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Douglas,

Wow. I just read your comment and had to respond. First, just because this Christian Preschool is open, starting at 7:00 a.m., does not mean that children that are dropped off at that time STAY there during the entire day. This is their MORNING care, start time, with an ensuing 11:30 a.m. hour, opening, as it states here on its website:

"We open at 7:00 am for morning care and then again at 11:30 am. We are open nightly until 6 pm. Kid's R.O.C.C. is open most school holidays from 7:30am- 6pm."

Clearly, some of the children dropped off at the 7:00 a.m. time-frame are most likely picked up, prior to the 11:30 a.m., opening.

To state that most parents drop off their children at these presschools (or any other daycare facility for that matter) is so that they don't have to deal with their whiny children, is an absolute appalling and callous remark. For awhile, several years ago, I had to work so that we could afford to enter California's real estate market. In spite of the salary of my attorney husband, we simply would not have qualified on paper for a starter home had I not obtained employment as a legal assistant. I waited until our son was 3 years old before I went back to work, and after a little more than two years we were finally able to purchase our little starter home in San Jose. Those were not times I look back on with any sort of fondness. Between one godawful daycare provider and the horrendous commute, in addition to the stress and strain it put on our marriage and on our son, it did provide us with the eventual wherewithal to get into our first home.

There are many single parent families out there, too, who simply have to provide for their families in the best way they can.

I don't know, Douglas, if you're an older gent who just doesn't understand today's economics and how hard it is to younger couples in this state to even begin to save up enough to qualify for home ownership, or if you're simply being antagonistic and looking to ruffle some feathers over here, but your comment above was completely uncalled for.

Further, it DOES sound to me as if you're blaming the parents in this case. IF the above lawsuit states the facts involved with this case correctly, I am glad the parents are taking action. This sort of behavior goes on all entirely too often in not only our daycare/preschool centers, but the abuse of children in our schools acorss the country is escalating and needs to STOP.


Posted by Carolyn, a resident of Danville
on Apr 8, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Bayareamom,
Let me start by saying the instructor's action are inexcusable. Now to comment on your postů

Although you may not like Douglas' post, his time reference is completely accurate. If you go to their website and look at the 2-4 year olds Busy Bee daily schedule it is as follows:

7:00-9:00: Arrival/Free Play/Potty check
9:00: Classroom Clean up
9:05-9:15: Good Morning circle/prayer
9:15-9:45: Outside Recess
9:45-10:00: Wash hands/Snack/Potty check
10:00-10:15: Circle (calendar, letters, colors, shapes, theme discussion)
10:15-11:10: Arts/Crafts and/or theme activity/Free play
11:10-11:15: Class clean up
11:15-11:25: Circle/Bible story
11:25-11:30: Wash hands/set up lunch/ potty check
11:30-12:00: Lunch
12:00-12:30: Outside Recess
12:30-1:00: Circle/Music & Movement and/or storybooks
1:00-3:00: Set up nap/potty/nap/put away nap/potty
3:00-3:30: Wake up/Table activities/Snack
3:30-3:45: Circle/Song & story time
3:45-4:30: Outside Recess
4:30-4:50: Afternoon Circle
4:50-5:30: Center play/Table art activites
5:30-6:00: Clean-up/Center play/Book time

As one can clearly see, they do go from 7 – 6 on a DAILY basis. I am not sure what you were looking at, but this is the ACTUAL schedule and definitely is daycare not preschool.

With regard to your post about entering the real estate market, you are saying owning a home was more important than you taking care of your child. I get so tired of people stating they HAD to go to work to buy a home. Homeownership can be at any point in your life and isn't a life requirement, but this generation (which I am a part of) have this I have to have it NOW attitude, regardless of what it costs. We are not in the too distant future going to see what a generation of nanny, au pair, and daycare raised children are going to do to our society, and I don't believe it will be anything good!


Posted by Bayareamom, a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 8, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Carolyn,

Thanks for your - shall we say - feedback. First, let me state that since you don't KNOW me, quit assuming that I HAD to have and own that first home of ours. My husband and I were leasing a home at the time the decision to own was decided (mostly by my loving hubby). He absolutely detested 'throwing money out the window on a leased property,' and given the behavior of various landlords, we had had enough of renting. We wanted to own our own home and not have to be beholden to someone else to take care of things for us.

I never, ever employed an au pair, nanny or otherwise, save for the few babysitters we had when we took perhaps only three nights out on the town, when our son was extremely little. I was literally a hands on Mom - at all times. Further, as our son grew older, I homeschooled him, something I know for a fact most people in this area, do not.

I became an advocate for our son (as did my husband) re: learning disabilities in school district which increasingly spent more money on attorneys than it did for our children. So spare me the lecture as to those of us who HAD to buy a home, when we simply wanted to get out from underneath the nasty behavior of most of the landlords we had to deal with.

Not coincidentally, we are now once again, leasing (with a great landlord) after having sold our home in Danville when the market was going under.

As far as the 'schedule' you've taken the time to show me, this STILL does not PROVE that ALL CHILDREN at this facility, are there ALL DAY LONG. Some parents may work part-time and simply may need childcare for a portion of the day (as I once did). Who are YOU to judge what someone else needs to do in order to provide for their family?

There are MANY families that have been impacted by unemployment (we're one of them). Salaries are oft times slashed and hours cut to minimize potential layoffs.

Who cares whether this institute is a daycare or a preschool? Why do you folks feel this is an issue?

The POINT of this lawsuit is the treatment of this poor child! Are you going to now state that it's the child's fault she was treated this way, because mummy and daddy placed her in daycare?

Good grief. Sometimes reading these comments over here, just absolutely makes my head spin.


Posted by Bayareamom, a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 8, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Just wanted to also add that it's rather ironic (and I say this to myself - smiling - as I type this) that I was an attachment parenting Mom when our son was extremely little. This style of parenting is, I've noted, within this area, something I've seen very little of. I'm convinced that attachment parenting of our son when he was extremely young, helped him somewhat when I had to go back to work (and not solely because we NEEDED to buy a home).

Literally, as soon as we moved into our starter home, I quit my job. I loved staying at home - always had - and enjoyed taking care of our young - then - five year old son, two dogs and two cats (and other neighborhood kids as well).

On the other hand, when we moved into Danville, from San Jose, our new next door neighbors (the wife worked part-time at home), employed two different au-pairs for THREE children. I thought that rather odd, but figured it was none of my business (which it wasn't). To each their own.

But a lot of so-called stay-at-home Moms in Danville, seemed to be of the mind that hiring an au-pair was the thing to do. We weren't even in one of the pricier neighborhoods, either.

So I've learned not to judge...I try not to. This is a free society and our children are our own responsibility, to raise as we see fit.

I'm grateful we have an absolutely lovely young man for a son; he is now attending college and doing very well. We've never once had to worry about some of the things that most parents typically do re: their adolescents these days. For that, we are extremely grateful.

I would implore those of you of whom seem to be extremely judgmental of this family (or any of those who have the need for daycare for their children), to stop and remember what times were like when you were once young and struggling to raise your own families.


Posted by Bayareamom, a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 8, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Carolyn,

I'm sure you're cognizant of the fact that the fee schedule for this facility goes from two days to a full week, so clearly this facility has PART-TIME daycare provided, as well.


Posted by Carolyn, a resident of Danville
on Apr 8, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Defensiveness is quite often a sign of a guilty conscience...


Posted by Bayareamom, a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 8, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Carolyn,

I was responding to your comments. Would you care to comment on the fact that this child was abused in this preschool and not dwell on the morality as to whether or not you feel this child should have been there in the first place.

Be a refreshing change of pace, dear.


Posted by Bayareamom, a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 8, 2013 at 7:07 pm

This paragraph is the reason this piece was written:

"Between September 2012 and March 2013, on an unknown number of occasions, Calcagno was unlawfully allowed to care for a preschool group that included Jane Roe. During this time, Calcagno engaged in the sickening and draconian practice of hogtying Jane Roe for her mere inability to get to sleep during nap time. Specifically, Calcagno, using masking tape that was available as a classroom supply, tightly bound two-year-old Jane Roe's hands and feet so she was immobilized. ... Calcagno then simply ignored two-year-old Jane Roe as she lay there helpless and immobilized, and only freed her after nap time, which was more than an hour later."

There are two issues: The caregiver of these children was an alleged unlicensed provider. Two, the child under the care of this unlicensed provider was bound and completely immobilized for more than one hour.

Those are the issues. The issue as to whether the parents of this child should be in daycare to begin with, is NOT the issue.


Posted by Carolyn, a resident of Danville
on Apr 9, 2013 at 7:46 am

I did in the first sentence of my first post! After that, I was just commenting on your woe is me diatribe.


Posted by Derek, a resident of Danville
on Apr 9, 2013 at 6:29 pm

Sorry bay area mom, but it's very clear to me ol' Douglas touched a nerve. We live near a Kid's Country and also had a child in pre-school a few hours a week, and Douglas' comments could apply to a very large percentage of the parents I've seen. Don't shoot the messenger.
We live on a horrendously over populated planet; if you can't raise or feed them, don't breed them.


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