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Northern Virginia Academy of Early Learning - Lincolnia Campus
6396 Lincolnia Road
Alexandria, VA 22312
(703) 256-7990

Current Inspector: Ann Dramstad (703) 314-0860

Inspection Date: Feb. 18, 2016

Complaint Related: No

Areas Reviewed:
63.2 Licensure and Registration Procedures
63.2 Facilities and Programs..
22VAC40-191 Background Checks (22VAC40-191)

Technical Assistance:
1. Recommend behavior guidance policies be reviewed with staff. 2. Attendance records should be accurate so that children are accounted for at all times. The taking of attendance does not stop if the Lead Teacher leaves the classroom. 3. Background checks are considered complete only if the date of the check is printed on the form. Copies where the date is cut off are not acceptable.

Conducted an unannounced renewal inspection. Observed 59 children + 11 direct-care staff. A group of 17 children + 3 staff were on a fieldtrip. The Director, Cook, and Music + Movement instructor were also on-site. Ratios and supervision were in compliance. Staff were actively engaged with the activities and providing instruction. Children were observed in a variety of activities to include: music + movement, puzzles, letter writing, word writing, story time, painting, blocks, washing hands, eating lunch, and taking naps. Evidence of the progressive curriculum was observed: writing the letter R in younger classes, and writing words that began with the letter R in older classes. Lunch served: beef, macaroni, tomato sauce, mixed vegetables, oranges, and milk. The center was found to be clean and well supplied with toys and equipment for the children. The playground was found to be well maintained. Staff training requirements were met. Health and fire inspections were current. Medication violation found. Required documents were posted. Record keeping was organized, with one violation found. Inspection completed 9:55am-12:25pm. Questions about this inspection may be directed to

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-400-A
Description: Based on observations made, it was determined that a staff person did not interact with a child in a manner that promoted the child's well-being and growth, or provided needed help, comfort, or support. Evidence: 1. Staff #10 was working in the younger 2's room, when she was observed by the inspector speaking to a child with a stern tone of voice and point her finger while she spoke. A child was standing and playing with toys on a table when she said "sit down" and pointed her finger at the child. The distance between the child and staff person was approximately 3'. 2. Later in inspection, Staff #10 was observed by the inspector speaking to children in a 3 year old class with a stern tone in her voice. The children were lining up to go from the bathroom to the classroom when she repeatedly stated "we hug ourselves." The Director observed this interaction as well, and agreed that the tone of voice was not acceptable with center expectations.

Plan of Correction: Staff #10 has been retrained and counciled on our behavior guidance policy. [sic]

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-420-E-3
Description: Based on records reviewed, it was determined that 1 of 2 children's records reviewed did not include documentation that parents had verified/udpated the child's record annually. Evidence: Child #3 - First date of attendance was in June 2014, and the information in the record had not been reviewed.

Plan of Correction: Parent has recieved and completed an update information form. The form has been placed in child #3 files. [sic]

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-510-K
Description: Based on observations made, it was determined that the key used to lock a medication box was accessible to the children. Evidence: Older 4's Room - The medication box was stored on an open bookshelf in the classroom, and the key was on a string tied to the handle of the box.

Plan of Correction: Key to the medication box has been removed and place in an area out of reach of children. [sic]

A compliance history is in no way a rating for a facility.

The online compliance history includes only information after July 1, 2003. In addition, the online compliance history includes information regarding adverse actions that may be the subject of a pending appeal. An adverse action is not final until a provider has exhausted or waived all due process rights. For compliance history prior to July 1, 2003, or information regarding the status of pending adverse actions, please contact the Licensing Inspector listed in the facility's information. The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) is not responsible for any errors in or omissions from the compliance history information.


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