Parents Push DCFS to Suspend Wesley License

A group of about 12 Wesley families—who had children at Roosevelt Pool the day of Vicente Cardenas’ drowning— have initiated a petition to suspend the childcare center’s license.

While , DCFS is still looking into ’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."

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 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.

 during the pending investigation. 

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A Concerned Parent #2 December 19, 2012 at 02:21 AM
What's really sad is that the authorities, PD, DCFS, insurance company all have ignored the obvious evidence that there was neglect in this case. Taking 4-5 year olds to a pool and not seeing the dangers sure seem to suggest neglect to me. Their policy screams neglect. Again, I was on a field trip with them the day before this and was assigned to children to watch. I was under the impression the pool would be handled in the same manner. When it wasn't and this occured, my child was removed immediately upon our return (my child was not there the day of the tragedy).
Bruce P. December 19, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Also, Is there anything we can do for the family? Does anybody know if the school set up a memorial fund or charity for the little boy? I can't find anything online.
A Glenview Parent December 20, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Bruce P- center sent a note about what happened on the day it happened. Teachers apologized but then they denied any knowledge of it to authorities. Because note was hand-written from teachers and not official from school, they couldn't use it.
A Glenview Parent December 20, 2012 at 02:40 PM
You may contact the family spokesperson, Val Gurvits at (617) 928-1804 direct. The school did not set up a memorial fund for the boy.
A Glenview Parent December 20, 2012 at 02:48 PM
I agree with you A Concerned Parent #2. Here is the family's response to the reports. http://patch.com/A-xyMs


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