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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: Oct. 27, 2016 and Dec. 6, 2016

Complaint Related: No

Areas Reviewed:
63.2 General Provisions.
63.2 Child Abuse and Neglect
63.2 Licensure and Registration Procedures
22VAC40-191 Background Checks (22VAC40-191)

Technical Assistance:
Inspectors discussed with director: Accountability system for children while all groups are playing together. Supervision of children of varying physical ability. Ensuring staff is able and comfortable communicating effectively with licensing personnel.

An unannounced monitoring inspection was conducted today from 1O:OOam-12:30pm and on 12/06/2016 from approximately 11:20am to 12:30pm. On 10/27/2016, there were 48 children (infants-5yrs.) directly supervised by 10 staff. The physical plant 4 staff records, 4 children's records, medications, evacuation drills, injury reports, emergency supplies, and policies were inspected. Upon entering inspector(s) observed children playing in outdoor area ,on the bottom floor where infants were in care infants were napping and interacting with caregivers. Upon the exit children were having lunch and participating in cooperative play. Areas of non-compliance are identified in the Violation Notice. If you have any questions regarding this inspection, please contact Sharlene Sawyer at ( 571) 389-0519 or Sharlene.Sawyer@dss.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-40-E
Description: Based on observation of Child Day Center (CDC), the CDC was not operating in compliance with the stipulations of their license. Evidence: upon arrival inspectors found 37 children in the play area in the back of the center; Per the license issued that play area is restricted to 26 at one time.

Plan of Correction: The play area is restricted to 27 + 6 on the fenced mini-golf area; each classroom has a different schedule to go out that will be adhered to. Corrected 10/27/16

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-180-B
Description: Based on observation and interview Child Day Center staff was unable to orally communicate effectively as applicable to the job responsibility. Evidence: At time of inspection staff was unable to communicate to inspectors: the number of children present and the name of an infant in care.

Plan of Correction: All staff that was unable to communicate are taking ESL classes or enrolling in a class as early as possible. Corrected 10/27/16

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-270-A
Description: Based upon observations made, areas and equipment of the center were not kept in a safe condition. Evidence: 1) A child sized table was used as a barrier in between the infant 2 class space and the play area adjacent in front of the director?s office, to block the exit of the Infant 2 children from leaving their area while teachers were feeding children in high chairs. A child was observed pushing the table and hitting another child in the chest with the edge of the table. 2) Foam alphabet block edging (glued to shelves) used to line the edges of the wood shelves in the children?s play areas was observed detached and ripped into small pieces and the pieces were on the floor. The pieces were small enough to potentially cause a choking hazard to children in care. 3 homemade barriers used as gates do not provide egress for children in an emergency and pose a safety hazard as they require lifting of a plywood board.

Plan of Correction: 1) A gate installed to separate areas rather than using table on 11/18/16 2) The foam alphabet block edging removed on 12/10/16

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-280-B
Description: Based upon observations made, hazardous substances were not kept in locked place using a safe locking method that prevents access by children. Evidence: 1) A bottle of hand sanitizer was observed on top of bookshelf in the infant classroom. 2) A bottle of hand sanitizer was observed on top of mantel in the two's classroom. 3) The laundry room was unlocked and detergent was observed on the floor in the downstairs infant classroom

Plan of Correction: Both hand sanitizers were placed in a locked while inspectors were present. The hand sanitizers were not at the reach of the children, but high up. However, all staff was reminded that these have to be locked when not in use. The laundry detergent in the laundry room will always remained closed although no children can get to the laundry room as this area is for younger infants that are not mobile yet.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-290-3
Description: Based upon observation, an electrical outlet did not have protective covers. Evidence: An electrical outlet did not have one of the two required protective covers in the children?s playroom.

Plan of Correction: Corrected immediately on 10/27/16

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-340-A
Description: Based on observation, staff was unable to ensure the protection of children in care. Evidence: while lunch was bring provided during inspection one child was observed using the a small table to hit another child which was address only after an inspector intervened.

Plan of Correction: The lead teacher took a voluntary leave to these violations on 10/27/16; all staff reminded on this issue and to be extra vigilant at all times

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-340-F
Description: Based on observation of Child Day Center all children under10 were not within actual sight and sound supervision of staff. Evidence: During time of inspection, infants in cribs were not in sight and sound of staff providing care. Shortly after the arrival of inspectors, all staff went outside to supervise the majority of children in care leaving 1 infant in a crib, without sight and sound supervision.

Plan of Correction: The lead teacher of this group is taking a voluntary leave of absence due to this violation and the rest of the staff was reminded that cribs with children, even when they are sleeping, should be within sight and sound at all times. That is why cribs are placed where sight and sound is allowable for staff. Corrected 10/27/16

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-430-N
Description: Based upon observations made, a recalled equipment was not removed from the center and used for an infant. Evidence: On 08/15/2012, Bumbo International Trust was voluntary recalled to add a restraint belt and new warnings sign to the Bumbo Baby Seat. During today?s inspection, Child C was observed in the Bumbo seat and a restraint belt had not been added.

Plan of Correction: All Bumbo seats were discarded immediately. On 10/27/16

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-500-A
Description: Based upon observations, hand washing procedures were not followed. Evidence: Inspector observed Staff in the infant 2 class did not wash their hands with soap and running water after wiping a child?s nose and before wiping another child?s nose.

Plan of Correction: The teacher received hand-washing training refresher by the director on 11/4/16

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-500-B
Description: Based upon observations made, the diapering pad was no longer non-absorbent. Evidence: 1) The diapering pad in the main level was ripped on the top surface; exposing the absorbent filler. 2) The diapering pad in the preschool classroom on the top level was ripped on the top surface; exposing the absorbent filler.

Plan of Correction: Corrected and immediately replaced pad on 10/27 and 12/6

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-550-M
Description: Based upon documentation reviewed, a written record of children?s injuries was incomplete. Evidence: One of the four incident/accident reports reviewed did not contain documentation on how the parent was notified of the injury (Child A; incident dated 06/15/2016).

Plan of Correction: We trained staff on the proper way to complete incident reports and a refresher was done on 10/28/16

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-570-E
Description: Based upon observation, prepared infant formula was not dated. Evidence: 1) Two refrigerated bottles were not dated in the infant classroom (Child A). 2) On 12/06/2016, one refrigerated bottle was not dated in the infant classroom.

Plan of Correction: All bottles will be labeled every day and will remind parents that bring bottles in daily that they need to label them as well on 12/6/16

Standard #: 22VAC40-191-40-D-3-D
Description: Based upon documentation reviewed, a staff background checks were not repeated within the allowable three year time frame. Evidence: One of the two staff records reviewed did not contain current background checks: criminal history (CRC) check, central registry search (CPS), and Sworn statement or affirmation (SDS) form (Staff A). Staff A?s last CPS was dated 08/14/2013, last CRC check was dated 07/31/2013, and last SDS was dated 07/18/2013.

Plan of Correction: Background checks were sent on 10/28/16 Updated sworn disclosure statement on 10/28/16


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