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Maria Teresa's Babies Early Enrichment Center
825 23rd Street
Arlington, VA 22202
(703) 979-2229

Current Inspector: Brenda Kuhlman (703) 304-9609

Inspection Date: Aug. 20, 2019

Complaint Related: Yes

Areas Reviewed:
22VAC40-185 ADMINISTRATION.
22VAC40-185 STAFF QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING.
22VAC40-185 PHYSICAL PLANT.
22VAC40-185 STAFFING AND SUPERVISION.
22VAC40-185 PROGRAMS.
22VAC40-185 SPECIAL CARE PROVISIONS AND EMERGENCIES.
22VAC40-185 SPECIAL SERVICES.
22VAC40-80 THE LICENSE.
22VAC40-191 Background Checks (22VAC40-191)
32.1 Report by person other than physician
63.2 Child Abuse & Neglect
63.2(17) License & Registration Procedures

Technical Assistance:
Technical assistance today included staff and child record keeping; medications, physical environment, crib safety, maintaining accurate attendance, toys from home.

Comments:
A complaint investigation began on 7/26/19 and concluded on 8/20/19. The following were found to be founded: 270A, 40-191-(BC)- 60b, 63.2(17)-1720.1B3. Other items were found to be in violation during inspections. These are listed on the Violation Notice. The administration of the center will be writing a Plan of Correction for each violation. If you have any questions, please contact me at brenda.kuhlman@dss.virginia.gov

Violations:
Standard #: 22VAC40-185-80-A
Complaint related: Yes
Description: Based on observation, staff confirmation and review of records during the inspection of 8/20/19, the center did not have a written record of attendance each day.
Evidence:
1. Administration and staff report they have been relying on parents to sign children in and out, but on 8/15/19, 4 children were present who were not signed in or out. On 8/16/19, 2 children were not signed out. On 8/20/19, there were 4 children not signed in.
2. When children were in the playground, staff did not consistently know how many were present without doing a head count. One parent brought a child directly to the playground. This does not meet the requirements for accountability for all children at all times.

Plan of Correction: Not available online. Contact Inspector for more information.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-270-A
Complaint related: No
Description: Based on observation during the 8/20 inspection, there were areas of the center observed to not be maintained in a safe/operable condition.
Evidence:
1. A hanging cable was accessible from the deck to the playground stairs.
2. A back fence had splintering areas in the red paint at child height.

Plan of Correction: Not available online. Contact Inspector for more information.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-280-B
Complaint related: No
Description: Based on observation during the inspection of 8/20, not all hazardous substances were kept in a locked area when not in use as required.
Evidence:
In children's bathrooms on both levels of the center, spray bottles with disinfectant that were not in use were observed in an unlocked areas.

Plan of Correction: Not available online. Contact Inspector for more information.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-340-A
Complaint related: Yes
Description: Based on observations on 8/20/19, staff did not always ensure the care, protection and guidance of children in care.
1. A two-year old was observed holding a toy car with small, chokable parts while standing in the "pool of plastic balls" with a staff member and other children. Staff reported that the toy was from home but it was not placed out of reach of the children.
2. A different two-year oid was observed to be crying consistently and heading to the door from 9:45 - 10:15 am. While attempts at distraction were observed, they were infrequent. Staff were observed speaking to the child from across the room. One staff took his hand to lead him away from the front area and the stairs without verbalizing.

Plan of Correction: Not available online. Contact Inspector for more information.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-500-B
Complaint related: No
Description: Based on observation during the inspection on 8/20, diapering surface were not sanitized as required.
Evidence:
After diapering, staff used a spray sanitizer that was labeled as being made for use in July. Bleach sanitizer must be made daily to be effective.

Plan of Correction: Not available online. Contact Inspector for more information.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-510-N
Complaint related: No
Description: Based on a review of records today, a child's medication authorization had expired but parents were not notified to get an updated authorization.
Evidence:
Child # 1 had an emergency allergy medication authorization that on 8/20 expired on 7/18/19, but the medication was present on 8/20/19.

Plan of Correction: Not available online. Contact Inspector for more information.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-560-N
Complaint related: No
Description: Based on observation during the inspection on 8/20/19, children were not prevented from drinking or eating while walking around as required.
Evidence:
Three children (toddlers-twos) were observed walking around the classroom with Sippy cups.

Plan of Correction: Not available online. Contact Inspector for more information.

Standard #: 22VAC40-191-60-B
Complaint related: Yes
Description: Based on a review of staff records on 7/26/19, not all staff had current Sworn Statements as required.
Evidence:
The Sworn Statement for Staff # 5 expired 2/4/19.

Plan of Correction: Not available online. Contact Inspector for more information.

Standard #: 63.2(17)-1720.1-B-3
Complaint related: Yes
Description: Based on a review of records and staff confirmation during the inspections on 7/26/19, 7/31/19 and 8/20/2019, there were no results as required for out of state Search of the Child Registry for staff who lived in another state in the past five years.
Evidence:
1. Staff #2 (date of hire: 3/1/16) had a Maryland address documented but no results or evidence of communication from the Central Registry of that state were available.
2. Staff # 3 (date of hire: 3/16) had a documented DC address but no documentation of results/evidence of communication from the Central Registry in that area.
3. Staff # 8 (date of hire: 11/20/17) also had a DC address documented but no documentation of results/communication with the Central Registry in that area.
4. Staff # 12 (date of hire: 06/18/19) also had a DC address documented but no documentation of results/communication with the Central Regstry in that area.

Plan of Correction: Not available online. Contact Inspector for more information.

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.

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