(RILEY COUNTY, KS- May 5, 2021) - A daycare facility in Junction City was issued an Emergency Order of Suspension (EOS) after an investigation by Riley County Health Department’s Childcare Licensing Staff. Surveyors observed instances of “corporal punishment such as yanking, pulling, shoving and grabbing children on multiple occasions.”
The Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Lee A. Norman, M.D., issued the EOS to Little Rainbow Day Care Home on Friday, April 30th. According to KDHE, an EOS is served when “in the opinion of the Secretary, the order is necessary to protect children in the home from any potential threat to health or safety.”
The investigation was initiated after a complaint was reported to the Health Department. “Surveyors observed Providers engaging in behavior that was considered physically harmful and emotionally detrimental to the children in care,” states the Order.
According to the EOS during the onsite survey, Riley County Health Department’s Childcare Licensing Staff observed “one provider yank a child by the arm from a lying position on the ground to a standing position. Provider hit a two-year child in the face to move him away from her, and the child fell to the floor. Provider then yanked the same child up by the arm. Provider then let go of the child’s arm, and the child dropped to the ground and cried.” The order, which can be found HERE, is subject to appeal.The facility compliance history can be found HERE
“This incident underscores the important work childcare licensing does, and why it’s important for parents to seek child care only from licensed providers,” said Julie Gibbs, Director of the Riley County Health Department. “Individuals who want to provide child care may obtain a license by contacting the Health Department.”Riley County Health Department’s Childcare Licensing Staff serve the Wildcat Region, encompassing Riley, Geary, Clay, Dickinson, and Pottawatomie Counties. The department works with all child care providers in these areas to ensure children within our community receive safe, high-quality child care. To learn more about the program click HERE.
To search the compliance history of other licensed child care facilities in the State of Kansas, go to: https://www.kdheks.gov/bcclr/capp.htm