Safety violations close Arroyo Grande day care center
March 29, 2013
Officials from California’s Department of Social Services cited the Kids Club day care center on Grand Avenue for failures to have the required number of staff, run criminal records checks and provide the minimal required activities for the children in its care.
In mid-January, 18 children were left in the care of one employee, the complaint says.
On Aug. 27, Kids Club staff took the children on a field trip without obtaining permission from the parents. The staff also failed to provide the children with water during the excursion, according to the accusation.
State investigators also allege that Kids club operators Nathan and Linda Belch failed to properly maintain the center which was found to have damaged sleeping mats and food on the floor during an inspection.
On Jan. 28, the couple agreed, among other things, to make sure the children were properly supervised at all times. Following that conference with regulators, the Belchs were cited for an additional 18 violations, according to the complaint.
As a result, the state revoked their license on March 19.