10 Children Hospitalized From Fort Carson Day Care

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

Fort Carson officials have confirmed that 10 children from a Fort Carson day care have been hospitalized after apparently ingesting an adult's medication.

Fort Carson officials say the incident happened at the West Child Development Center. Day care officials do not believe all of the children ingested the medication but all 10 children were taken to the hospital on post as a precaution and for testing.

11 News does not know the ages of the children taken to the hospital yet but we do know all the children at West Child Development Center are under the age of five.

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  • by jill Location: founatin on May 13, 2011 at 12:24 AM
    I agree they are very busy at the centers BUT medications should never be left unattended and in a child's reach. We leave our children there knowing that we can walk away and trust that our children will not be harmed. It easy for many people to say that this was just an accident but if that was your child I;m sure you would be singing a diffrent tune, accient or not.
  • by Crissy Location: Fountain on Feb 5, 2011 at 05:41 AM
    I am apppalled at all the negative comments I have read. My childern are at the East Center and have been there since they were only a few months old. My oldest is now almost 5. I love our center and all the staff that is there. They always keep me informed and I know when I leave that building that my babies are in great hands. So, how dare you? Accidents happen. They can just as easily happen at home if we turn our head for a minute. C'mon, think about it!
  • by Soldiers Wife Location: Ft. Carson on May 6, 2010 at 06:50 AM
    I know this accident is in the past but it really gets to me knowing that people, ignorant, can comment such nasty and hateful things about these caregivers. I think I speak on behalf of MAJORITY of the parents that have our children at centers on Post, MY CHILD IS IN GREAT HANDS. My child has been attending CYS since he was 8 months old and he is now 3. Anyone who has kids knows that there are instances when you can not keep your eyes focused on them 24/7. Try that with more than one child. When I have ever experienced anything I was concerned about, the staff, teachers, caregivers, even managers did everything in their powers to reasure me. The issues were more seperation anxiety but the staff worked with us and helped us. Have you ever considered the background of these individuals. Some are army wives, family members of individuals deployed..and yet they still come to work everyday to watch children of different personalities...with a SMILE. SUCH IGNORANCE OF PEOPLE FEEDS THE MEDIA.
  • by Sarah Location: Fort Carson on Dec 26, 2009 at 02:10 PM
    I have always had my children at on-post daycare centers, and still have one in the East center. The people who work at the centers have the demanding job of caring for our children for up to 12 hours a day and should be commended. Thank you as you all make it possible for me to do what I love. As to the comments that we should not be leaving our children in daycare, some of us have no other options as we are single parents, not always by choice, and are doing our best to provide for our children. I am a soldier and I know the sacrifices my children make due to my long hours, but I also know that they are in good hands and are in an enviroment filled with love and caring as most of these caregivers understand the life of the military parent and child. Remember folks, it is the quality-time spent with the children that will leave a lasting impression, not quanity.Thank you 2nd Blue:) This was a mistake and I am sure it will be dealt with, please do not let her mistake represent all.
  • by Christine Location: Fort Carson on May 29, 2009 at 07:19 AM
    I want to address my comment to the first post down below, to April in Iraq, and ANY others who put down the west center and post daycares. First of all NOT ALL Single Parents Get Child Support! I have 3 child support agencise looking for my ex, who is on myspace, and they say they can not use myspace to "catch" him, therefore, his child support bill is running well over $50,000 now. So, yes Im SUPPOSED to get child support and DO NOT! Another thing, when I had my second child, I had to go off post and look at childcares just in case I could not get on post. They were HORRIBLE! No regulations, people not screened for clearances like Ft Carson is, no cameras, milk bottles in the furniture, in the coaches, kids with no shoes, completely DISGUSTING! I was so happy the day they called me and said I had a slot. So, you need to go off post and check out these places before you say anything. It was tylenol and a complete ACCIDENT! No one is perfect, Im sure you have made mistakes in your job.
  • by Carson Mom Location: Carson on May 14, 2009 at 04:08 PM
    First, the fees that CDC charges are NOT that high. Go to the outside and see what they charge. Also, although its hard to believe, DOD CYS workers get paid more than the national average, it's simply that daycare work is not that lucrative. Having said all that, the DOD regs are actually some of the best in the nation, but they are limited by the funding provided by parents. The Army could make child care a priority and allot funding to the system, but they don't. This could be done by converting NAF employees to GS, and allowing more personnel to be hired. The AF does this better than the Army; go to Peterson AFB and you will find 3 providers for 10 kids in the pre-toddler room (1-2 year olds). Every CDC is different; the "tone" of the center is set by the director.Get involved! Actively strive to limit your child's time in daycare; just because you paid for it doesn't mean you have to use it! It's not wrong to use daycare, but you must understand it's limitatations.
  • by Kimberley Location: Edwards Air Force Base CA on Feb 11, 2009 at 11:09 AM
    Are you people nuts? It amazes me how easy it is for all of you to point fingers at this teacher and center. Yes she made a mistake, yes she will pay the price for that. But have any of you ever spent time in a room with 10 or more children for hours on end? Headache? could happen! We don't even get to go to the bathroom for hours sometimes. How dare you attack this teacher, you werent there and it has been called an accident. How many parents out there have gotten their own children through the early years without any? One post said she pulled her child becuse they feel and bumped thier head, oh lord please are you telling me she has never done that at home? When it was just her in your care? We see children daily with bumps and bruises they get in the few hours their parents care for them, does that mean they are neglected at home? Abused? That these are bad parents? Maybe you should all think before you judge, or judge by your own actions and not self-glory! Get a grip on reality!
  • by Teacher Location: Air Force Base on Feb 11, 2009 at 10:55 AM
    It is amazing to me how little people in the civilian world understand about the military and how we care for our families. All military child development centers are required to be inspected and carry an accredation for the National Association for the Education of Young Children, on top of that we are inspecited on a consistant bases by the Department of Defense, just ask to see our regualations and how we protect the children in our care. This was a very unfortunate insident where one teacher made a bad mistake. I am sure she did not mean to harm her children in anyway. I wonder if research was done how many time a year this happens in private homes, children get into things they should not. This does not mean they are not loved or well taken care of. The base went above and beyond by making sure all the children were checked out medically. Would any civilian day care you know of done this? I wonder what the harm ratio is between military and civil centers. Maybe someone should see.
  • by Anonymous Location: CDC, air force base on Feb 11, 2009 at 10:12 AM
    Unfortunatly as a caregivers view this is a very sad incident! We a lot of the times don't have the opportunity to get out to use the restroom let alone take medication for a headache! This is an honest mistake that can happen to anyone in there homes or at a child care! My heart goes out for the child as well as the caregiver!
  • by Robin Location: tx on Feb 5, 2009 at 05:59 PM
    I am a teacher at a CYS facility in Tx. My heart goes out to the staff at the West center. I know that these caregivers; like the ones in our center; are not only highly trainned but also fully decicated to the families that they serve. It is unfortunate that this incident happened but I am glad to see that the majority of families have stood side by side with the devoted people who care for their children. Military Child Care has set the standard for child care everywhere and has been held up as a model of what child care should be. Our centers are not only federally regulated by have also been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. I hope that the caregivers at West Center continue to hold their heads high while providing the high quality of care that continues to be the amoung the best in the nation. West Center, you are not alone!
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