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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: Jan. 5, 2017 and Jan. 19, 2017

Complaint Related: Yes

Areas Reviewed:
22VAC40-185 ADMINISTRATION.
22VAC40-185 STAFFING AND SUPERVISION.

Technical Assistance:
Discussed the following: 1) Children should always be within actual sight and sound supervision of staff. Staff separated from children by a physical barrier, such as a wall, cannot maintain supervision of children in their care. A half wall that separates a staff person from the children in his/her care does not allow immediate access. 2) A teacher or a member of management not supervising children; in other words not providing direct care cannot be counted in the staff-to-child ratio requirements. 3) A center may temporarily reassign a child from his regular group and staff members for reasons of administrative necessity but not casually or repeatedly disrupt a child's schedule and attachment to his staff members and group. 4) Staff and children's records shall be treated confidentially at all times. It is the center's responsibilities to ensure the facility is maintained in compliance with these standards and any applicable law.

Comments:
A complaint investigation was conducted on 01/05/2017 and 01/19/2017 in response to allegations received by our office regarding the operational responsibilities of the child development center, staff-to-children ratio requirements, supervision of children, and staff and children confidentially. Based upon multiple staff interviews, the preponderance of evidence supports the allegations regarding staff-to-children ratio requirements, and staff and children confidentially; therefore, the complaint is deemed to be valid. The exit interview was conducted with the Executive Director and Center Director. If you have any questions regarding today's inspection, please contact Ana Dally at (703) 577-0270 or anailim.dally@dss.virginia.gov

Violations:
Standard #: 22VAC40-185-50-A
Complaint related: Yes
Description: Based upon interviews, staff and children's records were not treated confidentially. Evidence: Multiple interviews confirmed that staff and children's records are regularly left unattended on top of a desk in the director's office. The director's office is not locked and staff and parents have access to this space.

Plan of Correction: All staff and child files are kept in a locked file cabinet. These files will be accessible to staff and/or parents on a need to know basis and removed from the cabinet only for the time they are being reviewed, consulted, or items added.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-350-E-1
Complaint related: Yes
Description: Based upon documentation reviewed and multiple interviews, staff-to-children ratio requirements of one staff for every four children were not met in the toddler's classroom when a child under the age of 16 months was regularly in care. Evidence: 1) Multiple interviews confirmed that staff were instructed to double the staff-to-children ratio requirements of one for every four children during designated rest time on a regular basis. The toddler's classroom has 12 children enrolled with 3 staff members. During designated rest time, there were regularly 12 children with 2 staff members, exceeding the required ratio by 4 children for approximately 2 hours. 2) Multiple interviews confirmed that staff were instructed to leave the toddler classroom on their lunch break when a member of management was in the office as they could see the children through the half door; exceeding the required ratio by up to 4 children depending on attendance each day.

Plan of Correction: Currently all children in the toddler room are 16 months or older. When children younger than 16 months are transitioned into or enrolled in that class, then the ratio will not be altered during nap time. All staff needed to be in proper ratio will be present in the classroom during rest time.

Disclaimer:

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. Eligible child care facilities must be fully licensed, licensed exempt and a VDSS subsidy vendor, or a voluntary registered day home and a VDSS subsidy vendor. Only programs enrolled in Virginia Quality will display a rating. Virginia Quality contact information for your region is available at the following link Regional Contacts.

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