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Illegally run day care facility in Nashua ordered to cease operations

Union Leader Correspondent

March 07. 2018 12:03AM
A child day care facility at this home on Greenwood Drive in Nashua has been shut down after a judge ordered Monday that the owner cannot operate a day care center for at least five years. (Kimberly Houghton/Correspondent)

NASHUA — A local home day care center has been shut down by a judge after a state agency learned the facility was providing child care services despite having its license revoked last year.

Maria’s Child Day Care, which is owned by Maria Von Doellinger and operates from her 2 Greenwood Drive residence, has been sued by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services for allegedly operating the day care center without a license.

On Monday, Judge Tina Nadeau of Hillsborough County Superior Court granted permanent injunctive relief prohibiting Von Doellinger from operating any child day care facilities for at least five years, and that she cannot reapply for a licence or permit to establish or operate a child care center within that time frame.

“Ms. Von Doellinger is also prohibited from being employed as a center director, site director or family care provider or hold any corporate office or controlling interest in any licensed or permitted program,” within five years, ruled Nadeau, adding DHHS may inspect her property if it believes that day care services are being provided at the home.

According to court records, Von Doellinger held a license to operate a child day care agency from 2012 to 2017, at which point DHHS revoked her license and directed her to cease operations after she provided false and misleading attendance records to the agency and exceeded the number of children allowed in her care.

Although an administrative hearing was held before the Administrative Appeals Unit at the time, the decision to revoke the license was upheld, state court documents.

Last September, DHHS received an anonymous complaint alleging that Maria’s Child Day Care was still providing services to more than three children, according to the court complaint.

A coordinator with the Child Care Licensing Unit of the DHHS observed eight children being dropped off at Von Doellinger’s residence on Sept. 20, 2017, at which time she was informed that she may only have three children in her care without a license.

A few weeks later a supervisor with the CCLU again arrived at the home and observed four children being dropped off at the residence. Von Doellinger was once again ordered to cease operations, according to court records.

During a third visit, representatives with DHHS again witnessed several children being dropped off at the house, say court documents.

“Additionally, based upon a conversation with the parent of a child who was attending Ms. Von Doellinger’s program, DHHS has reason to believe that Ms. Von Doellinger continued to enroll children in her program after her license was revoked,” wrote Francis Fredericks, Jr., assistant attorney general, in a court complaint.

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