Children evacuated after standoff puts Brownsville day cares under lockdown

Some 65 children are safe after being evacuated from two day cares near the scene of a standoff in Brownsville.

It all started to unfold around 9:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Law enforcement called Rancho Del Cielo Head Start and the Rancho Del Cielo Early Head Start.

Authorities alerted the daycares that danger was in the area.

The daycares quickly launched their emergency management plans and went on lockdown as a precautionary measure.

Employees remained calmed and acted quickly locking doors and covering windows.

The infants and toddlers being held at both daycares had no clue of the potential danger lurking down the street.

Human resources director Jose Luis Carrizales spoke to Action 4 News about the incident.

They were concerned being that the lockdown was occurring near the center, Carrizales said. Our staff communicated with them and reassured them their kids were safe and kept at ease and they were oblivious to the situation in the vicinity.

Carrizales told Action 4 News that they called parents to alert them of the ongoing situation.

Rancho Del Cielo Head Start has 3 to 4-year-olds while Rancho Del Cielo Early Head Start has infants on up.

All infants and toddlers were safely evacuated from the two facilities around 5:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Parents said the drills that the daycare has in place worked.

Both facilities will be opened at their normal schedules on Thursday morning.

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