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Astar Explorer Stem Academy
11750 Fair Oaks Mall Ste.J201
Fairfax, VA 22033
(703) 677-7008

Current Inspector: Kara Vaughan (703) 537-6241

Inspection Date: Jan. 24, 2024

Complaint Related: No

Areas Reviewed:
8VAC20-780 Administration.
8VAC20-780 Staff Qualifications and Training.
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)
63.2 Child Abuse & Neglect

Technical Assistance:
Discussed including teacher's qualifications for their positions in their staff record. The qualifications required by licensing for each position can be found in the standards.

Discussed that no less than two staff members shall be on premises at all times. Break times are not considered working hours and even if staff remain in the facility they are not counted in the working staff.

Staff who are working and counted in the minimum staff requirements may not leave the licensed space.

Discussed that the "Supplemental" page of the licensing inspection contains confidential information and should not be posted.

An unannounced monitoring inspection was conducted today to ensure compliance with the Intensive Plan of Correction (IPOC) that was entered into with the Department of Education on 10/11/2023.

The facility is not in compliance with the IPOC.

Another violation was cited that was not part of IPOC; however, found to be out of compliance during the inspection.

If you have questions regarding this inspection, you may contact me at (703) 537-6241 or at

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-70
Based on record review, staff records did not contain all required information.

Staff 1 and 2's record did not contain documentation of two or more reference checks.

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

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-340-C
Description: Based on observation and staff statements there was not always present one staff member who meets the qualifications of a program leader or program director and an immediately available staff member, volunteer or other employee who is at least 16 years of age, with direct means for communication between the two of them.
1. At the beginning of the inspection Staff 2 was the only staff member on the premises. One child was in care at this time.
2. Staff 2 called Staff 1 who returned to the center.

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

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-420-A
Description: Based on record review, parents were not informed in writing of all required policies and information.
The record for Child 1 did not contain documentation that the parents have been informed of all required policies and information.

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


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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