Child-care facility in Brookline abruptly shuts down

A child-care facility in Brookline, which also had a Watertown location where an infant girl died in September, recently shut down after state regulators said they were planning to take legal action against its program license following a number of health and safety citations, according to the Department of Early Education and Care.

Strawberry Child Care told the state agency on Dec. 27 of its plans to close in Brookline.

State officials said the daycare had been cited in 2018 for non-compliance of sanitation of child equipment, child hygiene, record keeping, child enrollment in violation of an enrollment freeze, and failure to complete required educator background record checks. Its program license was sanctioned on Sept. 21 — a day after the Watertown location’s license was revoked — for not following health and safety regulations.


Strawberry Child Care officials could not immediately be contacted Friday night for comment.

The Brookline facility was operating under an enrollment freeze imposed by the state agency at the time it closed, state officials said.

State regulators suspended and revoked Strawberry Child Care’s Watertown license in September, citing negligence by staff who allegedly left the infant girl who died unattended for long periods of time and failed to administer CPR when she stopped breathing.

The business’ Brookline location was first licensed in June 2017, according to the Department of Early Education and Care.

The child-care facility had 16 children during its last enrollment census, state officials said.

Department of Early Education and Care officials have been helping affected families find new child care providers in the Brookline area. Families who need help can contact the department’s Quincy office, officials said.

Travis Andersen of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Alejandro Serrano can be reached at alejandro.serrano@globe.com.