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Re: “GADFLY: "As You Reap..." -- The Meaning of the Madoff Case

WHO’S WATCHING YOUR KIDS? Michael Milliken, that’s who. You remember him, the junk bond king who went to prison for ripping off millions? Yes, Milliken paid his fines but he’s out and with the remaining millions and has bought his way into the childcare industry. So you think he is making amends for his prior ways? Is this his way to do good? I don’t think so. His company is Knowledge Learning Corporation. They purchased one of the larger childcare facilities known as KinderCare in 2006. KinderCare is the nice clean building with happy faces of kids. Milliken has great ideas to squeeze every drop of money that can be squeezed out of preschool children. Milliken brings in people from the video rental industry, a dying business, to manage childcare services for his company. Apparently, children can be counted in the same way as video rentals and treated the same. What do you do with this new management team? You start to cut your costs by getting rid of people who actually care about kids, replace them with younger persons for less money. In fact, KinderCare outlines their management model as the “McDonald’s model” where the money is kept at the top and the line workers are paid as little as possible and turnover is accepted. A great concept for your kids. Watch out for a small case that currently rests in the Superior Court of Riverside County, California. A 14-year employee Center Director of the facility was forced from his job over trumped up charges of failing to report a small bruise to a minor child. The idea that small children could obtain a bruise roughhousing during the course of the day apparently is no longer common. The Center Director was fired from his job and replaced by a younger woman for less money. The executive responsible for the firing is one of the video industry executives and who admits to no knowledge of childcare. In fact, months later, this executive tells the replacement director to not report allegations of sexual abuse involving a preschool child. This is “a no-no” under the laws of the State of California and eventually the incident was reported a week later. The video industry executive and replacement director keep their jobs despite failing to report this allegation to State Licensing as required within 24 hours. There is no difference in the situations but KinderCare chose to treat the situations differently. One person is terminated after 14 years of service and the other persons keep their jobs because of money savings. Perhaps a Superior Court jury can get to the bottom of Knowledge Learning Corporation and KinderCare and how they mistreat their employees under the “McDonald’s model.” The bigger picture is what are they doing to your children. Keep your eyes posted on this case and your hands on your wallets. Koury v. Knowledge Learning Corporation et al., Case No. RIC 473816. If the plaintiff can survive the usual motion for summary judgment that is brought by the corporation, this case has something to say about what’s happening to your kids in daycare. Further blogs to come. Just one opinion.

Posted by Dawn Csaszar on 02/27/2009 at 1:44 PM
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