Reports of abuse have surfaced at a popular York city childcare facility.
The State Department of Public Welfare has revoked the provisional certificate of compliance at the YMCA in York.
It means if the YMCA doesn’t appeal this decision it will have to shut down its childcare services.
The State Department’s investigation found 4 separate instances where the YMCA didn’t comply with state regulations, one specifically deals with physical harm to a child.
“We saw there was some physical punishment that was used which is unacceptable for DPW regulations,” says Carey Miller, a spokesperson of with the State Department of Public Welfare.
The investigation revealed that on August 7th of this year, a child in the care of the YMCA needed medical treatment because of faculty member’s behavior
And just one week before that incident, a staff member told a child to “shut up” and made the child stand for 9 minutes during nap time.
“We have had a number of complaints since we gave them the provisional license and we continue to go out and investigate, some plans of protection were made but some issues remain at the center,” says Miller.
The President of the YMCA, Larry Richardson, declined to speak with FOX43 on camera but says he plans on appealing the preliminary decision to revoke the certificate of compliance.
Richardson issued a statement saying the YMCA had “self-reported” the alleged incidents and has engaged in corrective actions.
But what’s not clear is the employment status of the YMCA caretakers in light of these allegations.
The State Department of Public Welfare continues to investigate, they say if the thought the center was not safe they would have shut it down.
But if you notice something alarming call them at 717-772-7078.