State suspends license of Valley Center day care home

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued an emergency suspension of a licensed day care home in Valley Center.

Christina Dick, who operates the center, denied the charges.

"They are false charges, and I do plan to appeal," she said. "I've been doing day care 13 years. I have a college degree in early childhood, and I've never had any complaints before."

According to the suspension order, a parent went to Christina's Home Day Care Home, 500 Stoneridge in Valley Center, on Thursday and found two children sleeping on a concrete floor.

The parent "heard a child crying and found their disabled child behind a closed door in a very soiled diaper," the order says. A fourth child was found behind a closed door watching television. The parent found the day care provider asleep upstairs.

The parent left with his child and called Valley Center police. When officers arrived, the day care provider did not know the parent had left with the child.

Kansas law allows the KDHE secretary to suspend a day care license when the order is necessary to protect children in the home from any potential threat to health or safety.

The day care operator can appeal the emergency suspension.