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Grow With Us agrees to improve staff training for kids with diabetes


Last updated 12/15/2018 at Noon

Grow With Us, which operates three child care centers in Edmonds, has settled a civil investigation with the U.S. Department of Justice after agreeing to a series of steps to accommodate children with diabetes at the centers.

U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes made the announcement in a Dec. 13 news release.

Grow with Us agreed to train managers and staff on American with Disabilities (ADA) regulations and, more specifically, how to ensure the medical needs of children with diabetes are met during their time at daycare.

Grow With Us, which has locations at 21313 84th Ave. W, 665 Edmonds Way and 7802 196th St. SW, said in a statement:

“Grow With Us for 30 years has always and will always continue to educate and train all management, staff and new employees on American with Disabilities regulations and how to manage children with diabetes. We will continue to proudly serve children with all disabilities and follow ADA regulations.”

The agreement follows complaints from the foster parents of a child with Type I diabetes, alleging that the child care center refused to take reasonable steps to modify their policies, practices, and procedures to accommodate the child’s medical needs.

“The ADA is clear that all children, regardless of their health status, deserve full and equal access to schools, camps and daycare centers,” Hayes said. “I am pleased that after we began our investigation, Grow With Us child care centers agreed to take steps to ensure their facilities were in full compliance with the ADA.”

According to the settlement agreement, the child care centers will provide a staff member to assist children with diabetes with routine care tasks such as testing blood sugar levels and administering insulin by pen, syringe or pump.

Grow With Us agreed to train managers and staff and provide diabetes management information on its website.

It also has committed to report to the Department of Justice about those leading the training and the training materials used by the center.

Diabetes affects about 215,000 Americans that are 20 years or younger.

In recent years, the Department of Justice has reached settlements with other child care providers, schools and camps with regard to diabetes care, including, KinderCare, YMCA of Chicago and YMCA of Philadelphia.

Assistant United States Attorney Kayla Stahman conducted the investigation and settlement.


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