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Petition to stop the abrupt and unfair closure of Maple Leaf Preschool
We, the undersigned, parents, staff and supporters of Maple Leaf Preschool, believe that the decision to revoke the daycare licensing permit for Maple Leaf Preschool by the Abteilung Tagesbetreuung under Cornelia Conzelmann is based on vague unsubstantiated rumors and allegations that have not been properly investigated.

We adamantly deny that a "culture of pressure" exists at Maple Leaf.
The only reason for closure of the school cited in the Basler Zeitung article about the closing by Claudia Kocher was a "culture of pressure" on children that was never observed by us. The children have experienced excellent care at Maple Leaf and we have never witnessed a single instance of abuse or neglect.

We Demand:
1. That Maple Leaf Preschool remain open during the appeals process
The children are happy and well cared for at Maple Leaf, and to so abruptly remove them from their daily caregivers would be cruel.

It is also unprecedented in our experience. In a 2005 private daycare closure announcement by the Erziehungsdepartement, Schnдggehuus daycare was allowed to remain open after Cornelia Conzelmann's boss, Christoph Eymann, announced it would close with just over a month's notice to parents. He also gave no reason for closing the facility to parents at the time, according to reports. After seven months, an appellate court found that the closure was not jusitified. Schnдggehuus daycare was open in Basel without incident for twelve years before it was targeted by the Erziehungsdepartement.

There are no emergencies, physical or emotional, that prompted this closure announcement and would warrant removing children from the care of Maple Leaf

2. That a through, well sourced investigation into these unfounded allegations be conducted immediatelyIn the Basler Zeitung article, Behцrden machen Tagesheim dicht, it was stated that all of the complaints were "identical" and that was the primary reason for the closure. These assertions were also made to parents who called the Abteilung Tagesbetreuung.

Maple Leaf was not informed of the impending investigation and given the opportunity to address and remedy the supposed sition.

The quick nature of this closure and the fact that little or no supporting documentation has been provided suggest that the Abteilung Tagesbetreuung has not done the necessary work to justify this abrupt closure.

To close Maple Leaf based on a handful of complaints after 11 years would be a gross abuse of the power of the Erziehungsdepartement in Basel Stadt.

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Latest Signatures

  • 04 October 201550. Sheila J
    Prioritize the children-There is not enough evidence to close the facility. The school is very well run and the children are very much love and well taken care of. PUT THE CHILDREN FIRST.
  • 10 September 201549. Karen B
    I support this petition
  • 25 August 201548. Lauren Vank
    On behalf of the children of Basel I fully support the Maple Leaf Preschool.
  • 28 July 201547. Heidi S
    I support this petition
  • 16 January 201546. Mller M
    I support this petition
  • 12 August 201445. Katja H
    I support this petition
  • 28 July 201444. Brenda T
    I support this petition
  • 20 July 201443. Caron G
    My kids both went to MLP for 3+ years and I had NO problems with the school
  • 06 July 201442. Alex S
    I support this petition
  • 11 May 201441. Katja S
    I support this petition
  • 26 March 201440. Manuel M
    I support this petition
  • 17 May 201339. Joop T
    I support this petition
  • 30 September 201238. Anna K
    My daughter was in ML for 1 1/2 year - she loved going there!
  • 05 September 201237. Dincau R
    I support this petition
  • 23 June 201236. Jeff F
    Joy was always caring and loving towards all the children
  • 12 June 201235. Palani Meza
    I support this petition
  • 04 June 201234. Lynn Williamsl
    Any complaints of a serious nature of course need to be looked into, but we have never seen anything but kind and competent care at MLPS and our little boy is very happy there
  • 27 April 201233. J J
    Children matter! They are happy there and that counts.
  • 13 April 201232. Marcin K
    My daughter loves to go to Maple Leaf. I've never - in over 6 months - noticed anything I wouldn't like!
  • 28 January 201231. Kavita B
    There is no serious reason to think of closing it down
  • 05 January 201230. Gene D
    Do the right thing!
  • 04 January 201229. Mathias Z
    Die Hintergrьnde und Interessen bei der Schliessung von Maple Leaf sind mir nicht ganz klar. Wenn ernste Vorwьrfe vorgebracht werden, so mьssen diese natьrlich grьndlichst untersucht werden. Die Vorgehensweise, die aber an den Tag gelegt wird, ist fьr mic
  • 03 December 201128. Atul D
    I support this petition
  • 30 September 201127. Alexander S
    I support this petition
  • 07 September 201126. Hoiyan S
    I have already sent a letter to Frau Conzelmann and added this letter to the blog.
  • 02 September 201125. Olivia M
    I support this petition
  • 21 July 201124. Nadine M
    I support this petition

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