Local family desperately searching for daycare for their son

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Tonawanda family says their child was kicked out of daycare because he needs one-on-one attention.

Lisa’s 4-year-old son Aiden has cerebral palsy.

He’s been going to Ripen with Us Child Care Center in Buffalo for two years. Then last month, Lisa says a manager told her she needed to find an aide to help Aiden. However, they didn’t give her a deadline.

The Tonawanda mother was working to find one, but before she could, they called and told her Aiden had to go.

“Last week Friday, she called me up and she said that the quote-on-quote day of reckoning had come. And that either I had to have a one-to-one aide for my son by Monday, or don’t bring him back,” Lisa said.

She says officials at Ripen with Us told her Aiden couldn’t continue going there because her son is completely immobile, can’t feed himself or walk. Lisa says none of the claims are true. She says all the daycare officials have to do is strap her son in a walker.

Now Lisa and her husband are desperately searching for a new center to care for their son.

News 4 went to Ripen with Us and called them for their side of the story. They’re aware and declined to comment.

Amanda Kelkenberg, the CEO of Child Care Resource Network, says it can be challenging for parents to find the right care for children.

“All children need to feel safe and secure in their environments. All children need to have opportunities to play and learn. All children need to have caregivers that care about them,” Kelkenberg said.

According to the American Disabilities Act, all child care centers are required to provide children with disabilities with an equal opportunity to participate in the center’s programs and services. It also states that children cannot be rejected because they need individualized attention.

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