While The Glenview Police Department’s investigation is closed, DCFS is still looking into Wesley Child Care Center’s operations and the June 15 drowning of 4-year-old Vicente Cardenas, according to investigators.
A group of about 12 Wesley families are in the process of petitioning DCFS to suspend Wesley’s license pending completion of the investigation, explained a Patch reader and Wesley parent who asked not to be named to protect the privacy of their children.
“We realize this will cause upheaval to those who have their children in the center’s daycare and for those who attend the various after-school programs in Glenview,” the parent told Patch. “However, without knowing the safety of this center, it was imperative we take this action.”
"Coincidentally," the parent added, "Wesley is currently up for license renewal."
District 34 has also been notified of the petition, the source explained, as Wesley currently runs after school programs at Henking, Lyon, Westbrook, Pleasant Ridge, Hoffman and Glen Grove Schools.
The same parent submitted a Letter to the Editor in late July urging others to share information about their Wesley experiences with the Department of Child and Family Services.
“Many of us have been sitting on the sidelines, grieving for the Cardenas family, frustrated with the silence, and wondering what we can do to help,” the letter said.
Wesley announced early on that the school would not release any information during the pending investigation.
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