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Emporia State University's Early Childhood Education Center Under Investigation for Child Abuse

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — Emporia State University's Center for Early Childhood Education is being investigated for alleged child abuse. Emporia State spokeswoman Gwen Larson, tells the Emporia Gazette (link is external) that the Kansas Department for Children and Families is investigating reported child abuse at the center. The center provides early childhood education for children of university students, faculty and community members. It also serves as a practicum and observation site for students training to be early childhood teachers. Parents and staff at the center received an email this week from center director Keely Persinger informing them of her resignation in the midst of the investigation. Children and Families Department spokeswoman Theresa Freed says the agency cannot currently comment on the case. Parents say the agency has told them the investigation will likely finish mid-May.

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