Dear BDLC Families,
Last week, Mr. Devin submitted his resignation for “personal reasons”, without identifying them and with no other explanation. Today we all found out that he was arrested on June 29, for suspected sexual abuse of a child that occurred in a residence in Palm Desert.
As you can imagine, we are in shock and disheartened. We have spent the day contacting staff, on the phone, and responding to the many calls from families. I apologize for not getting this letter out by the end of day. But I feel it is important that you hear from me personally.
It is our full intention to cooperate with investigating authorities should they request our involvement and we can assure without reservation or exception that the well-being of our students as well as their safety will always be paramount importance. At BDLC and BDLC@PD our employees go through a rigorous and thorough background check. (Fingerprints, Dept of justice, FBI clearance). Devin came to us highly recommended and fully cleared through all regulated and required child abuse and background checks.
In a crisis like this, I would like to remind families to take caution in what types of conversations are taking place within the ears of our young children. I have asked office and teaching staff to not have discussions with each other or families around the children.
have received many calls today, and I apologize if I did not get back to anyone. I will continue to return calls and answer any emails. BDLCGayle@gmail.com. I was trying to reach staff and parents today so that they could hear directly from us, instead of the news. This is a very difficult time for our families and our teachers. Safety is, and always will be our number one priority. Please feel free to email me, and I will return all calls asap.
We hope that everyone can heal from this. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we continue to process through the many calls and emails from our concerned families.
Gayle (executive director)
This program is offered in a nurturing, caring and relaxed environment. Our small ratio allows for abundance of personal interaction.
2-3 YEAR OLD PRESCHOOL PROGRAM
This program is a special stepping stone for toddlers learning to be away from Mom and Dad for fun times, socialization and readiness skills.
3-4 YEAR OLD PRESCHOOL PROGRAM
As your child searches for a positive self-image and develops an awareness of the world around him/her, our staff is ready to help focus on activities geared to the total development of the child in all areas... social, academic readiness, physical and emotional growth.
4-5 YEAR OLD PRESCHOOL PROGRAM
This creative and progressive program is geared to the older preschooler and centers around special experiences including science, geography, creative dramatics, art, math and reading readiness.
This program is available before school and after school for grades K-5th, located at two locations: next to WCS and Monroe elementary schools. Both afternoon enrichment programs includes arts, crafts, music and cooking activities.
SCHOOL AGE SUMMER CAMP
The summer camp program includes arts, crafts, music, cooking and many fun field trips. (At our location in Bermuda Dunes)
Bermuda Dunes Learning Center (BDLC) has a child centered approach which focuses on the development of the whole child. When working with the child, BDLC employs knowledge of child development. It is our belief that the child is a natural learner with their own strengths and that each child learns best through doing. BDLC provides a hands-on positive learning environment where children are constantly experiencing personal growth and success.
At BDLC we recognize that children are best understood in the context of family, culture, and society and that the close ties between child and family must be appreciated and supported. We strive to help children and families learn, grow, thrive and achieve their full potential through relationships that are based on trust, respect and compassion.