Kansas state officials shut down a Manhattan daycare over reports of excessive disciplinary measures. A regional administrator recommended the facility’s operations be suspended during an investigation into charges that infants were being inappropriately disciplined.
A Troubled Past
The state suspended the license of Mary Ellen Hagemaier, who runs the daycare, and closed the facility. She has been found in violation before and failed to complete a training program ordered by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).
Most Recent Charges
According to the KDHE, infants are allegedly being spanked and cursed at, which prompted the investigation and the suspension.
Daycare Woes in the U.S.
With roughly half the workforce being women these days, safe and affordable daycare is a huge issue for most families. Although states license and attempt to monitor daycare providers, many children are subjected to subpar facilities and daycare providers.
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photo credit: thanks to miss pupik via flickr for the photo
Note: the image is not of a child from the closed Kansas daycare