State Revokes License for Somali-Owned Daycare

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MINNEAPOLIS — A Minneapolis daycare’s license has been revoked by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS).

In February, Alpha News reported Kingdom Kare Learning Center, LLC, located on Emerson Avenue in North Minneapolis was being investigated by the Department of Human Services Office of the Inspector General and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for suspected financial misconduct.

Ali Mohamed Yusef, the license holder, has previously been fined by DHS for various violations.

DHS found Yusef and the daycare center had abused children in their care.

“It was reported that a staff person hit 14 alleged victims with a long and thin stick,” the letter from DHS states. “Additionally, a person, who was not identified grabbed an alleged victim by his/her wrists when the victim ran away from the unidentified person and that another individual, who was also not identified, hit two alleged victims with his/her hands.”

It was determined by DHS that an employee of Yusef and the Kingdom Kare Learning were culpable for abuse.

The state concluded that “findings of maltreatment by the facility, a failure to report suspected maltreatment, failure to comply with background study requirements, a failure to provide the Commissioner an internal review, and numerous additional licensing violations while the facility’s license was on conditional status” has led to revocation of its daycare license.

The center received a $2,400 fine in May 2015 for failure to provide background checks on more than a dozen employees. The center did not pay the fine by August 2015, along with several other “health and safety related violations,” according to DHS records. DHS then placed placed the center on probation with a two year conditional license.

In December 2015, DHS investigated the daycare for possible abuse after a child returned home with a dislocated arm and “bruising on his/her chest and shoulder blade after spending the day at the facility,” according to a DHS investigation memorandum, but determined physical abuse did not occur.

The case is still under investigation.

Preya Samsundar

Preya Samsundar was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. She graduated from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities this Spring with a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology, with a minor in Strategic Communications. Preya has previously worked on several State Campaign Races.