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James L. and Juliette McNeil Preschool Academy
8543 Forest Place
Alexandria, VA 22309
(571) 480-4261

Current Inspector: Leah Pagala (703) 537-6757

Inspection Date: Aug. 28, 2018

Complaint Related: No

Areas Reviewed:
63.2 Child Abuse and Neglect
63.2 Facilities and Programs..
22VAC40-191 Background Checks (22VAC40-191)

Technical Assistance:
Discussed with center management background checks and the new central registry response system, playground equipment and surfacing.

An unannounced monitoring inspection was conducted to between 10:15am to 2:45 pm. There were 45 children in care of 8 staff members. The children were observed playing with toys, singing songs, eating lunch and taking naps. The lunch menu included veggies, rice, chicken, fresh fruit and milk. There were no medications site. 6 staff and children records were reviewed. Emergency drill records were reviewed as well. For any questions regarding this inspection, please contact me at

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-140-A
Description: Based on record review, the center did not obtain a written record of a physical exam for each child. Evidence: 1. Child # 1's enrollment date was listed as 10/3/17. 2. Child # 1's record did not have a written record of a physical exam and it was not obtained within 30 days of enrollment.

Plan of Correction: Parents will be notified that within 30 days all physicals must be submitted to the center. We will contact the parent today.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-60-A
Description: Based on record review, the center did not maintain complete information in each enrolled child's record. Evidence: Child # 2's record did not have the first day of attendance listed.

Plan of Correction: Staff will be trained on completion of folders including the full documentation of dates.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-270-A
Description: Based on observation, areas inside and outside the center were not maintained in a clean, safe and operable condition. Evidence: 1. The wood on seat of a wooden chair in use by the infant classroom was broken at the edge, posing an injury hazard to the infants. 2. In the JK Prep 2 classroom the blind on the second window from the back exit door is broken. 3. In the JK Prep 2 classroom the trash can was dirty with dirt from food and other items that may have been disposed off in the trash can. 4. Blind cords for 1 blind in the K Prep 2 classroom were left hanging posing a strangulation hazard. 5. The wooden back to a shelf in the JK Prep classroom has detached from the top leaving a gap between the top of the shelf and the back board, posing a pinch hazard for the children. 6. A broken trash can and a broken square bin for a sensory table was found on the playground. The bin was sitting in the sensory table. 7. The door to the top shelf of the home living refrigerator in the toddler room has loose hinges, making it unstable when opened.

Plan of Correction: Maintenance and repairs will be completed on furniture and toys, and replaced if needed.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-330-B
Description: Based on observation, resilient surfacing where playground equipment is provided, is not in compliance with the minimum safety standards. Evidence: The chipped wood mulch surface on the playground is not at least 6 inches deep and does not meet the minimum depth required to maintain a safe fall zone.

Plan of Correction: Mulch will be ordered for the playground.

Standard #: 22VAC40-191-60-C-2
Description: Based on record review and staff interview, the center did not have the central registry findings for staff within 30 days of employment. Evidence: 1. Staff # 1 was hired on 5/22/18. Staff # 1's record did not have the results of a central registry search. There was no documentation in the record to show when the central registry form was sent. 2. Staff # 2 was hired on 6/27/17. There were copies of the central registry form that Staff # 2 had completed. The results were not obtained. There was no written record of the date for when it was sent. 3. Staff # 3 stated that she was told by her supervisor that it was sent out but the results have not returned.

Plan of Correction: We will follow up with the agency and inform the inspector.


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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