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AUMC Child Development Center
6935 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003
(703) 256-5244

Current Inspector: Karen Dickens (571) 423-6978

Inspection Date: Oct. 11, 2016 , Oct. 14, 2016 and Jan. 5, 2017

Complaint Related: Yes

Areas Reviewed:
22VAC40-185 ADMINISTRATION.
22VAC40-185 STAFF QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING.
22VAC40-185 STAFFING AND SUPERVISION.
63.2 Child Abuse and Neglect

Technical Assistance:
Discussed the following standards with the Executive Director and CDC management members: -Per Code of Virginia 63.2-1712, knowingly providing false information to the commissioner's representative is a Class 1 misdemeanor. -All staff are mandated reporters and should report suspected abuse and neglect immediately to Child Protective Services. -Recommend that all staff, including management, attend a child abuse and neglect training. -Please ensure that child abuse policy is in compliance to the law in reference to who and when suspected abuse should be reported to center's management and Child Protective Services. - Per Code of Virginia 63.2-1730. No child welfare agency may retaliate or discriminate in any manner against any person who in good faith complains or provides information to, or otherwise cooperates with, the Department or any other agency of government or any person or entity operating under contract with an agency of government, having responsibility for protecting the rights of residents of assisted living facilities, participants in adult day care centers or children in child welfare agencies.

Comments:
A complaint investigation was conducted with another local agency in response to an allegation received by our office regarding supervision, and care and protection of a child enrolled in the child development center (CDC). Based upon multiple interviews, and documentation reviewed, the preponderance of evidence supports the allegation; therefore, the complaint is deemed to be valid. A violation not related to the complaint was also cited. The exit interview was conducted with the Executive Director and Center Director. If you have any questions regarding this inspection, please contact Ana Dally at (703) 577-0270 or anailim.dally@dss.virginia.gov

Violations:
Standard #: 22VAC40-185-40-E
Complaint related: No
Description: Based upon documentation reviewed and multiple interviews, the center failed to follow their own policies regarding supervision when a child was left unattended on the playground. Evidence: Multiple interviews confirmed that Child A (3 years old) was left unattended on the playground for an undetermined amount of time on July 7, 2016 at approximately 4:00pm. The center's supervision policy states that, "teachers must be aware of where children are at all times. Children in all classrooms and other program space (i.e. playgrounds, indoor raining day play areas, and restrooms) are supervised by sight and sound. [] Staff should be continuously monitoring the group using sight and sound. []. Staff must be aware of the child and check on him/her every couple of minutes." Additionally, the "Playground & Rainy Day Room Guidelines' states that, "teachers should count children upon arriving and upon leaving the playground". Staff A was unaware of how many children were in her care and she did not do a count for children upon leaving the playground.

Plan of Correction: See above.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-240-A
Complaint related: No
Description: Based upon multiple staff interviews, staff did not received the required licensing training by the end of their first day of assuming job responsibilities. Evidence: Multiple staff interviews confirmed that they did not received the required licensing training by the end of their first day of assuming job responsibilities as they were asked to sign the document by a member of management without actually completing the training.

Plan of Correction: Child Abuse & Neglect Mandated Reporter training by Jim Pope of CPS was held on 9/1/16. All staff missing that session or hired since then have been/will be required to take the VDSS Cse5691 "Recognizing, Responding, Reporting for Educators" online course. This has been added to the new staff orientation. The policy on reporting child abuse & neglect has been reviewed and updated.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-340-A
Complaint related: No
Description: Based upon multiple interviews, and documentation reviewed, staff failed to ensure the care and protection of a child when he was left unattended on the playground. Evidence: Multiple interviews confirmed that Child A (3 years old) was left unattended on the playground on July 7, 2016 at approximately 4:00pm for an undetermined amount of time. Child A was found behind a playground structure, shivering and holding a stick by Staff B. Staff B approached the child and Child A stated that his teachers left him along on the playground. Staff B returned the child back to his classroom (Dream Catchers). Staff A did not do a count using name to face method of children in her care when gathering the children to go back their classroom from the playground. Children lined up, except Child A, who hid behind the playground structure. Staff A was, "unaware of the current [number] of students [in her care and] this added to not realizing that a child was missing". Staff A failed to ensure the care and protection of Child A by not doing a name to count, not knowing how many children were in her care, as this result, on leaving Child A unattended on the playground for an undetermined amount of time.

Plan of Correction: 1. We have instituted CSR (Child Supervision Record) procedures in which staff record when they are on duty in each classroom and what children are present (and a count) every half hour. Teachers are instructed to verify name to face and a count before transitioning to a new space. 2. We have reinforced with parents and staff the need for diligence in signing children in and out on the Sign In Log. 3. The Playground Guidelines have been amedned to include positioning on the playground so staff can see all children and that one staff needs to do a physical and visual "sweep" of the playground before leaving. 4. Staff training on #1 and 3 on 12/8/16.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-340-F
Complaint related: No
Description: Based upon multiple interviews, and documentation reviewed, a child under 10 years of age was not always within actual sight and sound supervision of a staff member. Evidence: Multiple staff interviews confirmed that on July 7, 2016 at approximately 4:00pm, Child A (3 years old) was left on the playground for an undetermined amount time until he was found by Staff B behind a playground structure. Staff B approached the child and Child A stated his teachers left him alone on the playground. Staff B then returned the child back to the Dream Catchers classroom. Staff A was, "unaware of the current [number] of students [and] this added to not realizing that a child was missing".

Plan of Correction: We held mandatory training on class supervision for CDC staff on 12/8/16. H. Webster of ITSN will lead a required training on Active Supervision on February 25, 2017.

Disclaimer:

A compliance history is in no way a rating for a facility.

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