Hammond day care appeals state license revocation

2013-05-03T19:15:00Z 2013-05-16T18:52:10Z Hammond day care appeals state license revocationMarisa Kwiatkowski marisa.kwiatkowski@nwi.com, (219) 662-5333 nwitimes.com

HAMMOND | A Hammond day care facility has appealed revocation of its child care center license, a state spokeswoman said Friday.

The Indiana Bureau of Child Care revoked Northwest Family Services' license in March after state inspectors found 117 violations, state records show.

David Armistead, executive director of Northwest Family Services, could not be reached Friday for comment. He previously told The Times the facility would work with the state and that children in the facility were never in danger.

Most of the violations related to problems with Northwest Family Services' building — including lighting issues, lack of hot water, broken equipment and an unsafe playground, said Marni Lemons, deputy communications director for the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. The Bureau of Child Care is a division of the FSSA.

Northwest Family Services also was admonished not to engage in "cruel, harsh, unusual, humiliating or frightening methods of discipline, including threatening the use of physical punishment," state records show.

The facility's employees also were reminded to keep poisons, chemicals and any item that is potentially fatal if swallowed in locked storage away from children, state records show.

On Friday, Lemons said Northwest Family Services already has corrected some issues and is expected to submit a written action plan next week.

"There are improvements being made, but others need to happen," Lemons said.

State funding is at stake for the day care facility. Northwest Family Services received $680,953 from the FSSA in 2012, Lemons said.

The Indiana Department of Education also suspended funding to the Hammond facility, citing "serious deficiencies" in the facility's operation, state records show.

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