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Hopkins House - Helen Day Preschool Academy
1224 Princess Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(571) 480-4081

Current Inspector: Karen Dickens (571) 423-6978

Inspection Date: July 8, 2016

Complaint Related: No

Areas Reviewed:
63.2 General Provisions.
63.2 Child Abuse and Neglect
63.2 Licensure and Registration Procedures
63.2 Facilities and Programs..
22VAC40-191 Background Checks (22VAC40-191)

Technical Assistance:
Discussed with the assistant director of the importance of keeping doors which lead to electrical rooms, boiler rooms, and/or HVAC rooms locked and inaccessible to children. During the inspection we also discussed some of the rugs in the classrooms specifically the Preschool Room was beginning to show some wear. Discussed options of cleaning the rugs or purchasing new ones.

An unannounced monitoring inspection was conducted July 8, 2016 from 11:30am-1:45pm. There were 51 children (infants-5yrs.) directly supervised by 11 staff. The physical plant, 5 staff records, 5 children?s records, evacuation drills, injury reports, emergency supplies, and policies were inspected. Children were observed participating in group play, singing songs at circle time, preparing and eating lunch. There was a sufficient supply of materials for the children which were organized. Areas of non-compliance are identified in the Violation Notice. If you have any questions regarding this inspection, please contact Leah Pagala (703) 537-6757.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-270-A
Description: Based on observation, the center did not keep areas and equipment inside the center maintained in a clean and safe condition. Evidence: 1) In Infant Room 2, there is peeling paint on the left back wall of the classroom. 2) In the Preschool Room bathroom, a sheet of paper was used to cover a section of wall that needed to be patched and painted located to the bottom right of the toilet. 3) In Infant Room 2, the play kitchen sink was found to be taped and covered due to the plastic sink being broken and having jagged edges.

Plan of Correction: - Paint was removed and repainted. - Area by toilet has been patched and repainted. - Tape was removed following licensing visit and staff spoken with.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-520-C
Description: Based on observation, the center did not have a diaper ointment labeled with the child's name. Evidence: In infant room 2, a diaper cream was not labeled the child's name.

Plan of Correction: Staff will ensure diaper cream is labeled using tape and permanent marker.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-550-B
Description: Based on record review, the emergency plan did not specify assembly points for evacuation and shelter in place drills. Evidence: Upon review of the emergency plan, plan indicated when a need for evacuation or shelter in place occurs to meet at designated areas but no areas were identified specifically. Upon interview with assistant director, the assistant director named the specific areas staff were told to meet but confirmed no documentation in the emergency preparedness plan.

Plan of Correction: Management will review and revise emergency plan to include designated areas for emergency evacuation and shelter in place.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-560-G
Description: Based on observation, the center did not have a food container clearly dated and labeled in a way that identifies the owner. Evidence: In Infant Room 2, a sippy cup containing milk was not labeled with a date or the child's name.

Plan of Correction: Staff will be retrained on proper labeling procedures and parents communicate with about labeling container properly at drop off.


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.

Virginia Quality is a voluntary quality rating and improvement system for early care and education facilities serving children ages birth through pre-K. Eligible child care facilities must be fully licensed, licensed exempt and a VDSS subsidy vendor, or a voluntary registered day home and a VDSS subsidy vendor. Only programs enrolled in Virginia Quality will display a rating. Virginia Quality contact information for your region is available at the following link Regional Contacts.


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