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Aspire! Afterschool Learning
909 S Dinwiddie St., 3rd Floor
PO Box 41318
Arlington, VA 22204
(703) 379-6488

Current Inspector: Ann Dramstad (703) 314-0860

Inspection Date: March 10, 2022

Complaint Related: No

Areas Reviewed:
8VAC20-780 Physical plant.
8VAC20-780 Special care provisions and emergencies.
8VAC20-770 Background Checks (22VAC40-191)
22.1 Early Childhood Care and Education

Technical Assistance:
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) assumed oversight of child care licensing and monitoring on July 1, 2021. All associated regulations and codes have transferred over from the Virginia Department of Social Services.

Guidance, resources, model forms and training links can be found on the website

Consultation was given on signing documentation of background checks and orientation forms so the Licensing Inspector can verify when it was completed.

A renewal study was conducted for the program coming off a Conditional license. Twelve children were present with 6 Ameri-Corp volunteers and 4 Aspire staff. Children arrive to the community center at staggered times based on transportation after school. A snack of hamburger carrots and oranges was served. Reviewed 2 volunteer records and 6 children's records, emergency preparation, medication procedures (no medication was reported to be on-site), trainings and nutrition. Observed children transitioning into the program, hand washing, eating as well as reading/homework help. Volunteers should complete their orientation using the new model form that covers updated regulations. The new VA orientation should be completed within 90 days of hire. A link to the training can be found on the training and professional link. The information gathered during the inspection determined non-compliance with applicable standards or law and violations were documented on the violation notice issued to the program. Feel free to contact me if you need any assistance.

Ann Dramstad, Children?s Inspector
Office of Child Care Health and Safety
Division of School Readiness

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-40-M
Description: Based on staff statement and observation a current written list of all children's allergies, sensitivities, and dietary restrictions documented in the allergy plan is not available. This list shall be dated and kept confidential in each room or area where children are present.
Staff stated that children with allergies or food preferences is not posted in each classroom.

Plan of Correction: We will create a new allergy and restriction list. Will follow up with parents to create an allergy plan. We will ensure each classroom has a copy.

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-60-A
Description: Based on record review, three of six children's records are incomplete.
Child #1's documented allergy plan is not correct as the medication is no longer on-site.
Child #2 and Child #3 do not have 2 .complete emergency contact information

Plan of Correction: We will update Child's #1 allergy plan. We will obtain emergency contact information for Child #2 and #3.

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-550-D
Description: Based on record review, monthly evacuation drills have not been conducted.
The months of November, December and January no evacuation drills were conducted.

Plan of Correction: We will create a regular schedule for evacuation drills.


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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