(PONCHA SPRINGS, Colo.) — The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) said a child care facility in Poncha Springs was shut down on Tuesday, Jan. 24 after a complaint of lack of supervision.

CCSO said the Chaffee County Department of Human Services (DHS) and deputies with CCSO responded to The Schoolhouse, which is part of Chaffee County Child Care Initiative in Poncha Springs, about 24 miles south of Buena Vista. The response came after DHS received a complaint of lack of supervision.

CCSO said after arriving at the child care facility, investigators from DHS spoke with the staff and advised them of the situation. Parents were called at the time to make arrangements to pick up their children.

According to CCSO, Chaffee County Child Care Initiative remains closed pending the outcome of the investigation. The Colorado Licensing Authority was made aware of the investigation and will make a final decision of the facility’s license status.

CCSO said there is no affiliation between the Chaffee County Child Care Initiative and Salida Public Schools.

In response, The Schoolhouse and Chaffee Childcare Initiative sent a statement, saying that the facility self-reported an improper teacher-to-child ratio.

Read their full statement below:

Last week, The Schoolhouse, a childcare center operated by Chaffee Childcare Initiative (CCI), became aware of a three-to-five-minute time period in one of our classrooms, during which the teacher-to-child ratio was not met, as required by Colorado Childcare Rules & Regulations. At no time were the children without adult supervision.

CCI promptly self-reported the situation to DHS and the Colorado Office of Early Childhood – Division of Early Care and Learning Licensing, in accordance with mandatory reporting requirements. On Tuesday, January 24, the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office directed The Schoolhouse to close our center pending an investigation into a complaint of Lack of Supervision.

CCI as well as The Schoolhouse management and staff have always been, and will continue to be, ardently dedicated to the well-being, enrichment, and safety of all the children in our care, a responsibility we take very seriously. We appreciate the quick response from DHS and the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office, and we look forward to a swift resolution to this situation. We are eager to welcome our community’s children and our staff back to The Schoolhouse in the near future.

Chaffee Childcare Initiative