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Cadence Academy Preschool
9807 Patriot Highway
Fredericksburg, VA 22407
(540) 834-0060

Current Inspector: Florence Martus (804) 389-0157

Inspection Date: Aug. 8, 2023

Complaint Related: No

Areas Reviewed:
CDC Standards reviewed:
8VAC20-780 Administration.
8VAC20-780 Staff Qualifications and Training.
8VAC20-780 Physical Plant.
8VAC20-780 Staffing and Supervision.
8VAC20-780 Programs.
8VAC20-780 Special Care Provisions and Emergencies.
8VAC20-780 Special Services.
8VAC20-770 Background Checks (8VAC20-770)
20 Access to minor?s records
22.1 Background Checks Code, Carbon Monoxide
32.1 Report by person other than physician
63.2 Child Abuse & Neglect

An unannounced monitoring inspection was conducted on 8/8/23 from 10:13 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. with the Director. There were 140 children in care, ranging in age from four months to 12-years-old, supervised by 21 staff. The children were observed in free play, circle time and outside play. The physical plant, outdoor playground area, programming, and attendance were reviewed. Diapering and handwashing procedures were also observed. Required postings were observed. Areas of non-compliance are identified in the Violation Notice. If you have questions regarding this inspection, please contact the Licensing Inspector, Beth Velke, at or 804-629-8302.

Please complete the "Plan of Correction" and "Date to be Corrected" areas on the Violation Notice for each violation cited and return to me by 5 p.m. on 9/11/23.

Standard #: 22.1-289.035-B-2
Description: Based on review of six staff records, the center did not obtain documentation of the results of a national fingerprint background check prior to date of hire.

Evidence: The record for Staff #2, with a start date of 8/7/23, did not contain documentation of the results of a national fingerprint background check at the time of inspection.

Plan of Correction: Fingerprints are here but waiting for Central Registry.

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-70
Description: Based on a review of four staff files, the center did not obtain documentation that two or more references as to character and reputation as well as competency were checked before employment.

Evidence: The record for Staff #5, with a start date of 4/3/23, did not contain documentation of two references at the time of inspection.

Plan of Correction: References obtained

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-270-A
Description: Repeat Violation

Based on observation, the center did not ensure all areas and equipment of the center were maintained in a safe condition.

1. In the Pre-K 2 class, age four-years-old, the large circle time carpet was curling up at the corner, creating a trip hazard.

2. In the Preschool, age three-years-old and Pre-K 2 class, four-years-old, peeling paint was observed in the circle time areas.

3. In the Preschool bathroom, rust was observed on the lower part of the stalls. Attached to one of the stalls was a solid metal toilet paper holder, approximately 1.5? in thickness, extending approximately three inches away from the stall and projecting toward the toilet seat creating an impalement and scratch hazard.

4.During circle time in the Preschool class, ages 2 to 3-years-old, an electrical cord attached to an outlet and radio was observed on top of a shelf, hanging down within reach of the children, creating a fall hazard.

Plan of Correction: 1. Rug removed. Completed

2. Ticket up in for paint. Estimated 9/30/23

3. Ticket in for rust and dividers. In progress waiting for parts.

4. Removed ordered cord guard. Completed

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-280-B
Description: Repeat Violation

Based on observation, hazardous substances were not kept in a locked place using a safe locking method that prevents access by children.

Evidence: In the Two?s class an unlocked cabinet contained pre-moistened sanitizing wipes, sanitizing spray, and a chemical to remove adhesives, gum and crayon. All containers had a warning label that stated, ?Keep out of Reach of Children? and ?Caution?.

Plan of Correction: Cabinet locked

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-330-B
Description: Repeat Violation

Based on observation and measurement, the facility did not ensure that where playground equipment is provided, resilient surfacing shall comply with minimum safety standards.

Evidence: On the ?big? playground the composite play structure's mulch measured three inches in depth, four feet away from the fall zone of the slide exits and three inches around the stairs and fall zones of the play structure.

Plan of Correction: Ticket already put in for mulch. Approved.

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-330-F
Description: Repeat Violation

Based on observation, the facility did not ensure that shady areas were provided on playgrounds during the months of June, July and August.

Evidence: A metal canopy frame was observed on the ?little? playground, no covering was installed over the frame to offer shade. Children were observed playing on the playground at the time of the inspection.

Plan of Correction: Ticket put in.

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-350-B-3
Description: Based on observation and interview, the center did not ensure the required ratio of staff to children was met.

Evidence: At the time of inspection, in the Two?s class there were two staff members present with 17 children ages 2-years-old. The required ratio with two-year-olds present is 1 staff to 8 children.

Plan of Correction: Completed

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-500-B
Description: Repeat Violation

Based on observation and interview, the facility did not ensure that all diapering areas were provided a leak-proof covered receptacle for a foot-operated disposal system.

Evidence: In the Infant classroom, ages six weeks to 12 months, a foot-operated disposal system was observed with the lid up. When interviewed, staff revealed that the lid to the foot-operated disposal system has not worked for three months.

Plan of Correction: New trash cans on 9/8/23


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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