The state has revoked the license for a YMCA of York County's childcare center, but the York City center remains open as it appeals the decision from the Department of Welfare.
The revocation resulted from a string of complaints to the state starting in April, said Carey Miller, director of communications with the Department of Public Welfare.
The incidents, according to the department, include a child needing medical treatment after being physically disciplined, a child's arm being yanked as a form of discipline, leaving a child unsupervised, and a child being screamed at to "shut up."
She said the closure affects only the Newberry Street operation and is not related to the YMCA of York County's three other child care facilities.
In a Sept. 19 letter to YMCA president Larry Richardson, the state's Office of Child Development and Early Learning wrote it was pulling the license for the center at 90 N. Newberry St. because of failure to comply with regulations.
Violations listed in the letter were abuse or mistreatment of children in care and gross incompetence and negligence in the operation of the center.
An Aug. 7 investigation, conducted after a complaint was received, showed a worker at the facility physically disciplined a child, resulting "in the child needing medical treatment" and the worker being named as the perpetrator in a child abuse case, according to the letter.
A doctor said the child's elbow was pulled, according to violation documentation from the Department of Welfare.
Another complaint compelled a July 31 investigation in which the inspector saw a staff member using physical discipline and was overheard "screaming at the child to 'shut up.'" The child was later singled out and made to stand for about nine minutes during nap time as a punishment, according to the letter.
Staff members are not permitted to use harsh, demeaning, or abusive language.
On June 24 investigation showed a staff member yanked a child's arm for discipline, according to the letter.
The first complaint inspection was conducted April 19, and the state determined that staff in a room for 3- and 4-year-olds took children swimming, but didn't take a headcount before leaving. As a result, one child was left unsupervised in the room for about 10 minutes before being found by another staff member who was walking past the classroom, according to the letter.
The center has appealed the revocation and is permitted to remain open throughout the appeal process, Miller said.
Miller said the state is closely monitoring the facility during this time to make sure the children in care are safe.
"Our top priority is to ensure the health and safety of the children is being met," she said.
An appeals board is still investigating the incidents and it's not clear when the board will make a final decision on the license, Miller said.
Richardson released a statement Tuesday saying the YMCA has responded to the alleged violations and has cooperated fully with the state's inquiry.
Having appealed the decision, the YMCA is requesting an administrative hearing on the matter, according to the statement.
"The YMCA had 'self reported' the alleged incidents prior to the DPW notice in each case and had already engaged in corrective actions," the statement read. "The YMCA's site at its York Branch is a nationally accredited childcare center, achieving the highest level of quality accreditation in the field of childcare services."
As of January, there were 86 children in care at the Newberry facility. The facility was licensed for a capacity of 165 children age 1 through school-age, Miller said.