Magnolia Child Care Center in Long Beach cited for 8 violations
A city-run day care center in Long Beach was cited for eight violations, including the use of corporal punishment, by the state Office of Children and Family Services in July, state officials said.
The violations, which took place at the Magnolia Child Care Center on the city's bayside, have since been corrected, state officials said.
The child-care center was cited for violating state regulations that require day care centers to do such things as use the appropriate kinds of discipline, maintain competent supervision, and protect the "physical, intellectual, social, cultural and emotional well-being of the children," state records show.
The violations stemmed from an incident in which an employee struck a child with a shoe, a city official said. The employee, whom city leaders declined to name, was terminated the next day, the official said.
The city also responded by holding training sessions for the day care center's staff, Casey McNulty, spokeswoman for the state Office of Children and Family Services, said. The state is satisfied with the city's response, and the program was brought back into compliance in late August, she said.
"The program corrected the violations by terminating an employee and by providing training for the entire Magnolia staff," McNulty said, adding that the state "was satisfied with the actions taken by the facility to correct the violations."
The violations did not carry a fine or suspension, but needed to be corrected swiftly, McNulty said.
City leaders and Magnolia staff declined to comment on the violations or their correction.
The city runs two day care centers, one of which -- the Martin Luther King Community Center Child Care Program -- has been closed since superstorm Sandy. The city also runs early morning and after-school child care at two elementary schools in the city.
The Magnolia child-care center serves 27 children and employs 14 day care workers, a director and two kitchen workers. The child-care service costs $60 a day.
A state report about the incident states that Magnolia staff "must be familiar with the regulations" governing day care centers. The center's staff attended two seminars in August that focused on child safety and abuse prevention, a city official said.