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Parents Scramble After Health Department Shuts Down Private Brooklyn Preschool

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Dozens of parents in Brooklyn are scrambling to figure out activities for their young children after the Department of Health shut down a private school. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.

Scott Graves is organizing fellow parents of children enrolled in Linden Tree Preschool - Christ Church after the city Department of Health shut down the school Thursday.

"Even if the school opens tomorrow, we wouldn't send them back there to be with those people," one parent said. "That's what frightening."

Parents explained that about 80 children attend Linden Tree. They said they've learned the institution operated without a license for years.

"I'm just trying to find out how that ever happened," one parent said. "It's just been a bad experience, and it suddenly got a lot worse."

On Saturday, parents met with members of the Christ Church Vestry and rector, as well as the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island, which is affiliated with the school.

Administrators admitted wrongdoing, but that's not good enough for some parents. They said they paid thousands of dollars for a private education, cut six weeks short by what some consider fraud.

"I want to see full tuition given back to every parent who had their child in Linden Tree Preschool this year," Graves said. "I think I will go for nothing less than that."

A spokesperson for the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island issued a statement to NY1 Saturday that read, in part, that the day school was licensed to operate out of Christ Church, which was damaged by a lightning strike last year, forcing a relocation. Christ Church is working to appeal the closure.

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