Indiana Family and Social Services Administration cites day care after 2 children injured

Alpha Kids Academy cited for health, safety

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration has cited a west side day care following a report of two children injured at the facility, Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney reported.

One child was in a high chair when the chair tipped over, and a second child was injured when a coat rack fell on him, according to FSSA spokesperson Danielle Scott.

FSSA conducted an investigation at Alpha Kids Academy, located at 5363 Georgetown Road, and validated the complaints on the two injuries.

FSSA also cited the day care for lack of supervision, lack of hot water from an approved source and incomplete records for the following:  drug test results, criminal history checks, immunization records for children, state central registry checks, training in first-aid, and tuberculosis tests and results.

In a letter issued to Alpha Kids on April 8, FSSA revoked the day care ministry’s ability to participate in the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF/federal voucher) program.

"The facility has had multiple insufficiencies, regarding the health and safety of children, resulting in denial or decertification from the CCDF Program,” read the letter. 

The CCDF revocation went into effect April 29, 2013.

“The provider has appealed this decertification,” said Scott in an email to RTV6.

When contacted Friday by RTV6, day care director Pastor Helen Walton admitted the day care was cited for several health and safety violations, but said they were in the process of taking corrective measures.

Walton also told RTV6 staff members were present when both children were injured, and insisted no children have been neglected or abused.

When Kenney asked FSSA if the day care was cited for lack of supervision in connection with the children injured, or if FSSA investigators noticed lack of supervision during the inspection, an FSSA spokesperson would not comment, saying the case is still open.

There will be an administrative hearing on the matter, but a date has not yet been set.

To look up a day care’s inspection record: https://secure.in.gov/apps/fssa/carefinder/index.html

Follow Kara Kenney on Twitter: @KaraKenney6

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