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Alleghany Highlands YMCA West Early Learning Center
515 E. Pine Street
Covington, VA 24426
(540) 965-9622

Current Inspector: Monique Anderson (540) 309-2397

Inspection Date: June 25, 2019 and July 9, 2019

Complaint Related: No

Areas Reviewed:

An unannounced monitoring inspection was made on 6/25/19 in response to a self-reported incident on 6/11/19. The incident involved a forbidden action toward a child from a staff person. A joint investigation with local social services was conducted on 6/25/19 and 7/9/19. Staff interviews were conducted and video recordings were observed. Based on the investigation, there was a violation cited related to this incident. The investigation was completed and the inspection report was sent to the facility representative on 7/25/19.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-410-1
Description: Based on review of a video recording and interviews, the center failed to ensure that physical punishment, striking a child, roughly handling a child was used as forbidden by the Standards. Evidence: 1. A video was reviewed of an incident on June 10, 2019. The video showed activities of children and staff in the toddler room on the morning between 10:00 am and 11:00 am. A staff person was observed to pick a two year old child up by one arm forcefully and drag/carry the child to another part of the classroom for time out, according to staff interviews. 2. Staff interviews with staff #1, #2, and #3 revealed that the child was being corrected for unacceptable behavior and was physically taken to time out. 3. Staff #1 stated that after review of the video, the actions "shocked" the staff person of how forceful the action of staff #1 looked.

Plan of Correction: Staff #1 employment was terminated. Immediate training was put into place by the administration to cover the topic of handling children. The administration has requested additional training from the Licensing Inspector for all staff in August.


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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