California’s Department of Social Services shut down the Foothills Christian Church Preschool in El Cajon on December 10 for allegedly violating the state’s Covid mask mandate.
The agency had reportedly visited the preschool several times starting in September 2021 to check that children were wearing masks properly, prompted by a parent complaint.
Preschool director Tiffany McHugh told CBS 8 News that the she repeatedly tried to execute the mask requirement but she faced a lot of resistance from parents.
” From that point on, we were involved with licensing almost every week for the next two-months and we were striving to improve,” she stated. It’s very difficult. We are going up against a lot of parents that don’t want their children to be masked.”
She stated that the infraction at the preschool was solved in November, but then the state agents returned to December for a routine inspection. Many children were not wearing masks.
The California Department of Social Services told CBS 8 News that Foothills Ministries and McHugh were guilty for not enforcing mask-wearing among staff or students two-years-old and older. McHugh was suspended from childcare work for the rest her career as a consequence of her facility’s failure to comply.
Kevin Miller, Administrative Pastor of Foothills Christian Church, whose daughter is McHugh, told the nonprofit Family Research Council that he believes the shutdown was a calculated attack by the state on an institution of faith.
“They came out for nine and a half hours at a time on seven different visits — 11 overall — when so many of the preschools in our area — East County of San Diego — hadn’t had more than one visit in five years,” he noted. They targeted us. They pursued us, and they were [were] extremely hostile. Without their parents’ permission, they interviewed three-year olds [and]four year-olds without their parents’ permission. They were hostile towards our teachers. These are preschool teachers — I think we know what preschool teachers are like.”
Last Wednesday, a group of pastors and administrators, Republican Senator Brian Jones, El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells and parents gathered at the preschool in protest against the state’s decision.
David Hoffman, the senior pastor at Foothills Christian Church, told KUSI News: “I have known Tiffany since she was a little girl. If you had grandkids or kids, she’s the type of director that you would want to oversee the childcare or babysitting of your kids.”
” They targeted us,” he stated. “They targeted us just a few months ago,” he stated. Nine times from nine o