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Effingham Street Family YMCA
1013 Effingham Street
Portsmouth, VA 23704
(757) 399-5511

Current Inspector: Christopher Robinson (757) 404-2322

Inspection Date: Oct. 5, 2018

Complaint Related: Yes

Areas Reviewed:
22VAC40-185 STAFFING AND SUPERVISION.

Technical Assistance:
The length of time children spend on the buses when being taken to school from the facility or returning to the facility after school was discussed with the program director. The facility is encouraged to review with parents the bussing schedules so that parents can determine whether the lengths of time on the busses is acceptable for their children.

Comments:
A complaint investigation was initiated on 9/27/2018 and a site investigation was conducted at the facility on 10/5/2018 in response to a complaint received by the Department on 9/26/2018. The complainant alleged that there was "no organization" and that children were "running wild" during morning drop-off prior to children being taken to school. Investigation revealed the complaint to be valid. An exit meeting was conducted with the program director prior to the conclusion of the inspection.

Violations:
Standard #: 22VAC40-185-340-A
Complaint related: No
Description: Based upon observation, the facility has not ensured that when staff are supervising children, they always ensure their care, protection and guidance. Evidence: Between 7:20 AM and 7:30 AM, the number of school aged children in care in the front half of the gymnasium increased from thirty-four (34) children to forty-five (45) children. Activities available to the children included a manipulative area on the floor, drawing at a table and play in a foam wall "house". At the same time approximately ten children were tossing basketballs at the hoop and children were circling the gym area jumping rope. The basketballs were flying around the gym, landing where children were involved in quieter play and being dodged by children, parents, visitors and staff attempting to cross the gymnasium to enter the preschool classroom or bathrooms. The noise level so loud that staff had to yell "freeze" in order to obtain the children's attention and get a head count of children in care.

Plan of Correction: The facility responded with the following: Age appropriate activities will remain on front half of gym. Basketball and organized ball games now played on back side of gym with staff. The word freeze is an appropriate attention getter during activities that will continue to be used before ending fun morning activities. Group headcounts are conducted to confirm entry counts. headcounts are conducted as each child come in with guardian. Visitor's will be informed and reminded to remain in parent zone. Staff person will walk all pre-K students to designated areas.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-350-E-5
Complaint related: No
Description: Based upon observation, the facility has not ensured that for children from age of eligibility to attend public school through eight years, there is one staff member for every eighteen (18) children. Evidence: At 7:27 AM, there were thirty-eight (38) children in a mixed age grouping of Kindergarten through 12 year old children in care in the gymnasium with two staff. A third staff member (#2) arrived on duty two minutes later at 7:29 AM.

Plan of Correction: The facility responded with the following: Staff are to arrive at 7 am daily to ensure that ratios are covered incase influx of children are to arrive. Changes to schedules made on 10/05/18. Staffing @ 6am-2 Staffing @ 7am-1 Staffing @ 715am- 2

Disclaimer:

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. To find programs participating in Virginia Quality, click here.

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