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UPDATED: Preschool Cited After 2-Year-Old Tied Up for Refusing to Nap

Pleasanton police investigating incident at Centerpointe Christian Preschool after state issues citation for incident in which preschooler's hands and feet were bound with masking tape for not napping.

The state agency that licenses child care centers has cited a Pleasanton church preschool after it was discovered that an employee taped a 2-year-old girl's hands and ankles for refusing to take a nap.

The church said it learned of the incident March 4, after the employee, who had already left her job at Centerpointe Christian Preschool, showed a photo she had taken of the bound child sitting on a cot to her former colleagues at a social gathering.

The girl, a child of a teacher at the school at the time, wasn't physically harmed, according to church officials, but Pleasanton Police are investigating the incident. (Related story: Church responds to state violation.)

Michael Weston, the spokesperson for the California Department of Social Services, says the incident was substantiated by the initial investigation. The complaint was filed by the preschool with the Community Care Licensing Department on March 5.

"We received a complaint about this incident, and the department did confirm a personal rights violation did occur," Weston told Pleasanton Patch Monday in a phone interview.

The complaint reads:

It was nap time and according to the complainant, the child would not take her nap. A staff member who is no longer employed at the center told the child that if she did not take a nap, that the staff member was going to tie her up. The child continued to refuse the nap and the staff member tied up the child's ankles and wrists with masking tape. A photograph was taken by the staff member who tied the child up. This photograph was then shared with current and former staff members of the facility. It was confirmed that the photograph showed a picture of the girl with her ankles and wrists tied up with masking tape while sitting on her cot at the facility. The allegation is substantiated.

According to the Department of Social Services report, Personal Rights, Section 101223 (a)(3) as defined by the California Department of Social Services  applicable to Child Care Centers reads:

"Each child shall be free from corporal or unusual punishment, humiliation, intimidation, ridicule, coercion, threat, mental abuse or other actions of a punitive nature."

Pleasanton Police Sergeant Kurt Schlehuber also confirmed the department is conducting a criminal investigation in this case, which was reported to the police on March 4. The formal complaint with the Department of Social Services says the exact date of the incident is unknown.

The church said once it learned of the incident, it reported it to the Department of Social Services.

The Department of Social Services is the administrative authority over licensing child care facilities and provides background checks for individuals working at those facilities. Weston says that although they do not take criminal action in these kind of cases, they can take action to include issuing a citation and finding the facility in non-compliance all the way to revocation of the facility's licenses.

Depending on the outcome of their investigation, Weston says Social Services are also able to take "exclusion action" against an individual, which could possibly ban that person from ever working with children.

The church says it will shut down the school for about five days starting Friday for training and to review procedures.

“We are appalled and shocked that such an incident, if proven to be true, took place. Every human person made in the image of God, all of the children in our care, deserve the highest degree of respect and protection from any action that dehumanizes them,” said Pastor Mike Barris in a statement released to the media Monday afternoon.

We want to be very clear that no currently employed staff were involved in this incident. The former preschool director had no knowledge of this event until we informed him after we were notified.

The church on Sunday told its congregation: “… we will not continue to operate a preschool that is less than God’s best for the children we serve. While the staff involved in these situations is no longer employed here, there is more work to be done to create a new educational environment that is safe, loving, and enriching for your children."

One recent Yelp review on March 5 by "Jenny S" alleges numerous recent violations against the school.

"I highly suggest you contact community care licensing (510) 622-2602) and ask about all of the type a and b violations at this school.  For that matter, before going to any school or in home daycare, contact them and ask about all of the violations.  There are some serious ones at this school!!!!  They have their preschool program and school age program, so ask for violations under both licenses.  Even though they are licensed separately, they are run jointly.  There were about 8 violations since they hired this new director, some occurring as a direct result of his decisions.  For example, the parents were given a letter explaining that the kids were left in the care of a minor with no adult supervision in the school age program.  (The church explains this violation, which took place Jan. 24 in its media release.) When parents complained and starting talking about the safety concerns that were occurring repeatedly, the administration that consists of the church pastor and a group of people in the church called 'elders' got very upset that they were being questioned.  They sent out a 6 page letter quoting scripture and said that parents had caused harm and would be subject to termination of their contract.  Needless to say, my kids are no longer there.  I WILL NEVER STOP asking questions when it comes to the care of my children and NO PARENT SHOULD BE AFRAID TO QUESTION THE CARE THEIR CHILDREN RECEIVE.  This fear tactic by the church and administration fell on deaf ears and now the teachers are leaving and families are pulling their children left and right.  I just wonder what more they are trying to hide..."

HCW March 15, 2013 at 01:18 AM
THANK YOU Centerpointe Preschool Dad for your constructive, positive, and logical insight!! If only more people thought like you!! I too hope that those who are trying to stir the pot either shape up or ship out. It's time to move on, rebuild, and lose all the negativity :)
TLK March 15, 2013 at 02:13 AM
Here, here! I love it! Well said, CP preschool dad and HCW!!
Concerned for humanity. March 15, 2013 at 02:46 AM
Centerpointe preschool Dad, tlk and hcw... Yeah wait around for these people to regain your trust. They break it again, don't say I, and history didn't warn you. All these class A violations, and you continue to wait for these people to regain your trust... Too bad it's not your place of employment letting you down over and over again, sure you wouldn't take it. But hey, it's only your child dealing with it. God will only give them only what they can handle huh.
KMA March 15, 2013 at 06:09 AM
Centerpointe preschool Dad, tlk and hcw... I'm pretty sure you are the people from the church. Possibly the pastor, ex-director, and one of the elders? Rather than "It's time to move on, rebuild, and lose all the negativity" how about "It's time to practice what you preach and come clean." From all I have read, heard and seen, you seem to be ignoring and avoiding a far bigger issue regarding what appears to involve many parents and teachers who were obviously treated poorly by the person who was running the preschool organization. I agree with the others above. The management was fully responsible here. I have heard so many complaints from so many people involved in the preschool, all stemming from really bad management. Now it is obvious that the management is only making everything worse by ignoring and avoiding these issues and by continuing to support of the person who caused these problems in the first place. The only way to stop all of this is to put aside your arrogance, come clean, and then resign. Centerpointe Preschool Dad, I too have worked in management in companies and businesses. 'Real' leaders apologize for their failures and then respectfully resign their positions so the organization can get new leadership and begin the healing process. Only then will the healing begin.
TLK March 15, 2013 at 05:21 PM
I am a mother of two, and a Pleasanton resident since I was 6 years old. I am a stay at home mom - not affiliated in any way with the church or the preschool other than sending my daughter there. It is ridiculous that you (anonymously) say the most horrific accusations on a blog. The church DID apologize and take responsibility. There was no denial. They self reported violations. They took proper action. What more do you want? Oh, wait, you want to slander the former preschool director. You guys are on a witch hunt and it's too bad b/c witches don't exist. Have you heard of HEARSAY? RUMORS? Why would I discuss an innocent person with extremely rude and overly angry anonymous bloggers (who are clearly ex-teachers and parents) looking to ruin a very decent, honest and respectful person and his career. If there is an issue, let the accusers do the talking.
TG March 18, 2013 at 05:17 AM
Here is a CORRECT order of events that the news media is unwilling to report. Teacher(s) at Centrepointe endure numerous inappropriate sexual comments and other behavior from a director who received his job through coercion from church donors. One day a young child is unable to sleep and informs a teacher. The teacher happens to be holding a piece of tape and as a joke places it on the child's nose. The child laughs hysterically and the teacher proceeds to tape other areas of the child as the child continues to laugh. The teacher takes a picture of the child. A few days/weeks later this same teacher finally has had enough of the sexual harassment and files a claim against the director and Centrepointe. The teacher suffers retaliation and eventually quits, along with several other teachers who were on her side. Centrepointe or someone associated with them, in an attempt to discredit the teacher, approaches the State and/or County about the taping incident and the State/County comes into possession of a picture of the young girl and the tape on her. The State/County is forced to act regardless of how harmless the incident may have been and suddenly the story is the child was "tied up" for "refusing to take a nap." The child was not being punished for refusing to take a nap. How would tying up the child solve anything? This is all an attempt to discredit someone who filed a harassment claim. Centrepointe should be ashamed.
Amazed March 19, 2013 at 09:15 PM
Ditto TG. Centerpointe should be ashamed. Nothing is worse than seeing a religious organization stand behind religion to distort the truth of what was actually going on. And to destroy a wonderful person's life over something like this is shameful. I see others in this thread using words like 'terrible' and 'horrifying'. Give me a frigging break. If you (people saying this) are that stupid, it's time you wake up and get a frigging life. You people are what is wrong with this world. If you don't know the REAL facts of this case, just shut the hell up-- idiots.
Amazed March 19, 2013 at 09:16 PM
By the way, I hope the teachers and parents all get together to file a class action law suit against Centerpointe. They deserve nothing less than to be run out of town for this despicable behavior.
Concerned for humanity. March 19, 2013 at 10:30 PM
TG I highly doubt that a criminal case would start from this if all that was done was to put a little piece of tape on the child's nose. But in this article, that isn't the issue. I'm glad we can agree though on what the church is doing, though. Even parents can see it at the parent's meeting. Amazed, agree with you 100%. Shut down the school. This was the only incident out of five they reported themselves. But amazed, although it might not be horrifying and terrible as you put, it's still wrong. When your caring for another person's children, binding them is totally unacceptable. It's took bad this lady is being used as a scapegoat, but she did indeed put it on herself. If she didn't do it, they wouldn't have anything to throw her under the bus for. Hopefully her martyrdom gets this place shut down.
TG March 22, 2013 at 06:59 PM
"TG I highly doubt that a criminal case would start from this if all that was done was to put a little piece of tape on the child's nose." Glad Concerned for Humanity is so wise in the ways of the US Judicial system as well. The District Attorney for Alameda County is looking into the matter - that's ALL they're doing right now. Just like the State's action to ban Ms. Calcagno it is a prudent precautionary measure until they have ALL the facts. You see unlike dolts on a web board, the State and the County actually INVESTIGATE and look for FACTS and CLUES and HARD EVIDENCE to substantiate or refute claims made by private citizens. It's all based on evidence. Perhaps you should familiarize yourself with the word, Concerned.
Concerned for humanity. March 26, 2013 at 12:35 PM
Unlike dolts on a web board. Love it. TG, do you ACTUALLY think the others and I think this is a courthouse? The others and I are simply, repeat simply, stating our opinions, repeat opinions, on this matter. For being somebody so familiar with the justice system, it's disconcerting to see you, a self proclaimed judicial expert, not understanding the difference of a comment section underneath an article, and a court hearing. Also, TG, let me enlighten you on the process. You see, if there wasn't any evidence of wrongdoing, the case wouldn't have made it to the DA. The officers involved, that saw the picture, obviously thought that it was valid enough to even warrant giving it to the DA. If there was no evidence (key word TG, pay attention now) of any wrongdoing, or a hint thereof, it wouldn't have traveled to the DA. If this process hadn't of happened, then it would be up to the mother or father to press criminal charges. It seems to me TG, they don't have to because the police have enough evidence for the state to charge. If I would have taped myself robbing someone, that person wouldn't have to press charges. There is enough evidence for the state to do it. Now that hopefully you understand your judicial system, maybe in a future comment you can leave the condescending tone and dolt comments out, because you will be knowledgeable enough to have a discussion without needing to use them to prove an invalid point.
TG March 26, 2013 at 03:53 PM
Concerned you are a dolt and remain true to form. Elsewhere on these boards you and others have been relentless in your conviction of Ms. Calcagno and have stated your desires for her to receive a swift and uncompromising punishment. Your primer on the US justice system would be comical were it not so wrong. The police do not charge a suspect nor do they decide whether or not charges are filed. It is common for a case to travel to the DA and for the DA to return it to police requesting more evidence. Your assertion that the case would not have reached the DA if there wasn't enough evidence shows your lack of understanding of basic police and judicial procedures. In the case of Ms. Calcagno officers who saw the evidence believed there was enough to warrant forwarding the information to the DA. The DA has said they are looking in to the matter. The DA may or may not file charges. If they do file charges it only means they feel they have enough evidence to gain a conviction. If they don't file charges, it only means they don't feel they have enough evidence. In your own scenario the same would be true. The police would arrest you on suspicion of robbery and forward their findings and evidence to the DA, who would then decide whether or not to file charges. At this point with Ms. Calcagno's case the DA is only pondering the evidence and no one should be drawing any conclusions from that, especially you. Try again, Concerned.
Concerned for humanity. March 26, 2013 at 05:04 PM
Wow. Again you put words in my mouth. When did I say the police file charges? You restated what I already told you. The police believe there is enough evidence to warrant a case! Now you take my words, and use them as your own? You don't need to tell me what I just explained to you. I know the DA hasn't filed charges. Again. I don't care about her side. She hog tied a child. Repeat, it was CONFIRMED she hog tied a child with tape. The article didn't say under suspicion of, it said confirmed. That means, TG, she tied up a child under her care. It is my opinion (key word there, TG) that she should be charged to the utmost penalties for this. I know this isn't the courthouse. I know due process. I don't need any further explanation, especially if you're going to repeat what I tell you. In my opinion, make an example out of her. That's it. In your eyes, we all don't deserve opinions because this isn't the court. Too bad. "In your own scenario the same would be true". I know, TG, that's why I said it in the first place. "Elsewhere on the boards you have been relentless on your conviction of Ms. Calcagno in your desires for her to receiveswift and uncompromising punishment." Then you go on to explain the judicial system again. It seems you still don't get the difference between a courthouse and a comment section. My OPINIONS on this matter do not need lessons on the judicial system. They're just that. Opinions. My opinion, make an example out of her.
Concerned for humanity. March 26, 2013 at 05:09 PM
"At this point with Ms. Calcagno's case the DA is only pondering the evidence and no one should be drawing any conclusions from that, especially you." Once again, she in fact did do this. It's confirmed. But just because you don't like what I say, you tell "especially" me, not to draw any conclusions? She has the pictures proving it on her phone. I don't need to draw conclusions, TG. She painted a better picture of herself than I could.
Concerned for humanity. March 26, 2013 at 06:21 PM
"Your assertion that the case would not have reached the DA if there wasn't enough evidence shows your lack of understanding of basic police and judicial procedures." Really? If a cop sees two people with bloody faces and knuckles, telltale signs of a fight, if he didn't see it happen it's on the two fighting to press charges on each other, because the officer doesn't have enough EVIDENCE, if the two deny fighting. This is why this case went to the DA, the officers believed there is EVIDENCE for the state to press charges, not just the parents. TG, check your condescending attitude at the door when you have no clue what you're talking about.
TG March 27, 2013 at 04:17 PM
"TG I highly doubt that a criminal case would start from this if all that was done was to put a little piece of tape on the child's nose." "...if there wasn't any evidence...the case wouldn't have made it to the DA. The officers...that saw the picture...thought that it was valid enough to {give} it to the DA. If there was no evidence...of any wrongdoing, or a hint thereof, it wouldn't have traveled to the DA." "...the police have enough evidence for the state to charge." "TG, she tied up a child under her care." All your words, Concerned, and all wrong. The officers do not decide if there is enough evidence to charge - the DA does. Get it straight. Ms. Calcagno did not "tie up" the young child and it was not for refusing to take a nap. That characterization was released by Centrepointe in an attempt to discredit Ms. Calcagno in her pending sexual harassment suit against the school and its former director. The evidence will show she wasn't tied up and that these allegations are all blown out of proportion to further Centrepointe's agenda. I have a clue what I am talking about, Concerned. It's you who needs to check your attitude, and your opinion for that matter, at the door. It's based on incorrect information and an incorrect understanding of the legal system. As I've said before I hope you're placed in a situation like this someday and you can read comments on a web site calling for your head over something you didn't do.
TG March 27, 2013 at 04:30 PM
The police receive a report of a crime. The police investigate and retain evidence. When they complete their investigation they send a report of the investigation to the District Attorney's Office. The DA reviews the evidence and decides whether or not to file charges. At this point in the case of Ms. Calcagno all the police have done is forward the evidence they have to the DA and the DA has confirmed they are investigating. If the evidence against Ms. Calcagno is so solid why hasn't the DA filed charges against her? It's been more than two weeks since the DA received the evidence, and I know they've interviewed the principal parties. It seems to me if the case was as open-and-shut as some seem to believe, charges would have been filed by now.
Concerned for humanity. March 27, 2013 at 05:39 PM
ONCE AGAIN THIS ARTICLE ISN'T ON THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM, TG. Thank you for, once again, reiterating what I said regarding it though. How are you SO sure I'm all wrong about this lady? It was CONFIRMED she taped up a two year old. I don't care about her side. She was supervising children and bound one with tape. I also don't care about the churches agenda. They wouldn't have any ammo if she didn't do it in the first place. So go ahead and give me another lecture on the judicial system, and miss the point of this article again. In fact, read the comments in other articles. Most of the others don't seem to care about her side either. Go ahead and tell me all about the police, judicial system, what happens during an investigation, and other info you just insist on repeating to me and miss the point about what this is here. I expect nothing less from you.
Such Troll March 29, 2013 at 07:20 PM
"ONCE AGAIN THIS ARTICLE ISN'T ON THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM, TG. Thank you for, once again, reiterating what I said regarding it though. How are you SO sure I'm all wrong about this lady? It was CONFIRMED she taped up a two year old. I don't care about her side. She was supervising children and bound one with tape. I also don't care about the churches agenda. They wouldn't have any ammo if she didn't do it in the first place. So go ahead and give me another lecture on the judicial system, and miss the point of this article again. In fact, read the comments in other articles. Most of the others don't seem to care about her side either. Go ahead and tell me all about the police, judicial system, what happens during an investigation, and other info you just insist on repeating to me and miss the point about what this is here. I expect nothing less from you". well said dear sir....
TG March 30, 2013 at 04:54 PM
Concerned I never said the article was about the judicial system. You're the one who started this thread of debate by telling me a criminal case would not have been started if the teacher had only put a little tape on a child's nose. I then proceeded to tell you how, in fact, it would be very easy for a criminal case to come from it and in fact had. You then proceeded to display your ignorance over the machinations of the justice system and I corrected you, but now you seem to think it was your understanding all along. Whatever. The teacher DID NOT bind the child with tape and the churches (sic) agenda is very important in this and you should very much care. The church's agenda is to discredit an employee involved in a lawsuit against the school, an incredibly dishonest and self-serving tactic for an organization purported to be Christian. But continue to not care about those truths, Concerned. And again I hope someday you find yourself in a similar spotlight and face the ridiculous scrutiny of commenters just like yourself.
Concerned for humanity. March 30, 2013 at 07:47 PM
What was I thinking?!? You are so right, TG! Gosh to think that I would believe the citing and the news reports when I should've just listened to you all along! If we want the real story we're just going to have to listen to all of Angela's friends and family! Of course! Now I'm sure we're going to see slander and defamation of character suits from this one! Yeah, right. If there was nothing wrong with the photo the school wouldn't have been cited and nothing would've become of all this. You hope I face a similar situation? You see, TG, I don't tie up children, so I highly doubt it. Very Christian of you also to wish that upon me. But hey you're right. Let's just forget this all happened because she's such a good lady. Whatever. "The teacher DID NOT bind the child with tape" Hmmm. Obviously you have far better resources than this paper and the state. I think you should have your own private investigation firm, or hey, maybe your own paper! Obviously the state, police, church, this and other papers, people posting, and myself are all wrong thinking your friend Angela could do this. WHATEVER.
Amazed March 30, 2013 at 11:21 PM
O-U-C-H!!! Centerpointe pre-school just received another CLASS-A violation on Friday. Yes, that is a rather bad violation. And the stupid liars on this board can't lie their way out of this one because it's PUBLIC RECORD. SORRY DUMMIES! So you dumb people out there, if you think this church is SO HOLY and ETHICAL... then why did they offer the parents of the school a FREE MONTH for keeping their mouths shut about the violation? YIKES! Me thinks me smells a rat! Or maybe a cult. No, the leadership of the church aren't sociopaths or megalomaniacs. Nope. All good at the Centerpointe church and pre-school!
Concerned for humanity. March 31, 2013 at 02:41 AM
Again amazed you clearly prove you can't read without grasping what's being said. I said the church was a cult and to shut the facility down. I was called a sociopath and a megalomaniac because I have discussions with people who don't need to berate others to prove a point. But hey, your crazy rants can go along with TG here and defend this lady, who tapes up children. Throw the book at Angela, and shut down the school while your at it. Then all guilty parties involved disappear and slip into history, as they should.
TG April 01, 2013 at 01:45 PM
Concerned for Humanity, is that an ironic name you chose? "If there was nothing wrong with the photo the school wouldn't have been cited and nothing would've become of all this." Right, because the State is never wrong. Review the facts, Concerned, and the sequence of events. Child is taped after saying she could not sleep. Teacher takes picture of the child in her tape (why would the teacher take such an incriminating photograph)? Later the teacher files a sexual harassment claim against the school and a former administrator. The teacher decides to quit and several other teachers join her in solidarity. At a party a few weeks after she quits she shows the picture of the taped child to the child's mother (who remained a teacher at the school). The school reports the incident to the State and says the child was "bound" for "refusing to take a nap." The State substantiated the complaint based entirely on the characterization given by Centrepointe, and Centrepointe's characterization was written to place all the blame on the teacher to discredit her harassment claim. The State substantiated the claim because the only evidence it had was the picture and Centrepointe's version of events. My point, to Concerned and anyone else speaking ill of Ms. Calcagno, has been to understand there are two sides to the story and not to believe everything you read in the Patch.
TG April 01, 2013 at 01:48 PM
I'm concerned for Concerned for Humanity because she can't seem to understand the difference between "your" and "you're" and "churches" and "church's".
Concerned for humanity. April 01, 2013 at 04:11 PM
The mother of the child left the school, contrary to your belief. You're more concerned about my use of English? I have a hard time believing the Patch would lie and risk a slander and defamation of character suit about this. It was confirmed she taped up a two year old. Confirmed. Thank you though for reiterating what the Patch already said about the sequence of events. You seem really good at repeating. You repeat the article. You repeat comments I have explained. Well, repeat this. I don't care about her side of taping up a two year old. Could care less really. She taped up and bound a child under her care. This wasn't her daughter, or a family member. She was paid for supervising children. I'm concerned for you, TG, because it seems you take her word for it, an obvious friend of yours, over what had been proven and reported to be true. And instead of giving a valid argument, you lecture me on English usage and the judicial system. Anything else but the issue. It's confirmed she taped up a two year old by the hands and feet. I don't care about her side. Go ahead and tell me I'm wrong again. Things don't seem to be going the way you want it to anyway.
Such Troll April 02, 2013 at 12:40 AM
your cat.... you're a cat.... you're cat..... you cat...... you are cat.....I love grammar....I <3 grammar... your grammar..... you're grammar? No i'm not!!!
Autumn Johnson (Editor) April 04, 2013 at 12:08 AM
http://pleasanton.patch.com/articles/state-investigating-second-child-rights-violation-at-preschool
Autumn Johnson (Editor) April 04, 2013 at 09:15 PM
Update to this story: http://pleasanton.patch.com/articles/father-of-pinched-child-speaks-out-about-preschool
Autumn Johnson (Editor) May 02, 2013 at 12:44 PM
Update to this story: http://patch.com/A-4bll

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