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James L. and Juliette McNeil Preschool Academy
8543 Forest Place
Alexandria, VA 22309
(571) 480-4261

Current Inspector: Leah Pagala (703) 537-6757

Inspection Date: March 6, 2018

Complaint Related: No

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

Technical Assistance:
Consultation was given on the new background requirements for finger printing, a revised Sworn Statement (SDS) for new staff hired after 7/1/2017 and requesting out-of-state Central Registry checks for staff who have lived outside of Virginia within the last five years. The model SDS form is online at VA DSS as well as a link to the Adam Walsh site to assist with out-of-state central registry forms. VA DSS will be paying for initial child care finger print checks until 9/30/2018. Each facility must establish a point of contact with VA DSS. All questions regarding facility codes should be directed to OBI at 804-726-7884. Eligibility letters will be sent out by e-mail and staff may not be hired until the completed letter is received. Please read, review, and respond to all correspondences regarding the fingerprint roll out. Also discussed with center director the importance of maintaining cleanliness in the facility.

An unannounced renewal inspection was conducted from 10:35 am-3:00pm. 57children were in care with 15 staff members present. Children were observed in outdoor play time, playing with toys in the classrooms, getting bottle fed, eating lunch and preparing for nap time. The lunch menu included chicken, rice, cucumbers, melon, cheese and milk. 6 staff and 5 children records, emergency preparedness plan and emergency drills were reviewed. There were no medications on site. Areas of non-compliance are identified in the violation notice. Please contact me if you have any questions at or 571-835-4718.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-270-A
Description: Based on observation, areas inside and outside of the center were not maintained in a clean, safe and operable condition. Evidence: 1. In the K-Prep room, one of the two bins in the sensory table was broken at the corner. 2. In the K-Prep room, the soft cubes that children can use to sit on had a tear. 3. In the JK Prep room, the doll house showed signs of wear and tear. Parts of the doll house were breaking and splintering. 4. In the Preschool classroom, one of the home living equipment was broken. There were signs of breakage and loose doors for the microwave and lower cabinet. 5. On the playground, the plastic house had a crack on the side, causing an injury hazard for the children. 6. The playground wood edging around the playground equipment needs repairs as it is broken in some areas as well as splintering, causing an injury hazard for the children. 7. Peeling paint was found on the wall in the Infant classroom. 8. The diaper pads in the Toddler and Infant classroom were dirty. One of the diaper pads stored under the top pad in the infant classroom had mold growing on it. The entire diapering area in the infant classroom was dirty and needs to be cleaned and sanitized. 9. Blind cords for 5 windows in the JK Prep 1 classroom and 1 blind's cord in the Preschool classroom were left hanging, causing a safety hazard for the children. 10. The center needs to develop a better cleaning system to make sure that toys, furniture and all surfaces are maintained in a clean manner. The classrooms show the need for increased cleaning.

Plan of Correction: A work order will be placed as soon as possible for repairs. The moldy diaper pad was removed from the area during the inspection. The top diaper pad in the infant room will be replaced with a clean one. Staff was directed to roll up the cords for the blinds during the inspection. A more concise classroom cleaning system will be implemented to ensure cleanliness in all rooms.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-280-B
Description: Based on observation, hazardous materials were not stored in a locked cabinet making them accessible to children. Evidence: 1. In the JK Prep 1 classroom, a bottle of disinfectant spray was stored in an unlocked cabinet within reach of children. 2. In the preschool classroom, a cabinet under the sink with several cleaning agents was not locked. A bottle of disinfectant spray was sitting on the shelf in the bathroom that was within reach of the children.

Plan of Correction: The cabinet was locked and the spray bottle was removed during the inspection.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-500-B
Description: Based on observation, the diapering surface was not nonabsorbent. Evidence: 1. The diaper pad in the preschool classroom had a large tear on the side, making it a nonabsorbent surface.

Plan of Correction: We will replace the diaper pad.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-540-D
Description: Based on observation, emergency supplies were not maintained at the center. Evidence: A battery operated radio and flashlight was not available on site during the inspection.

Plan of Correction: We will get the items and make sure they are available on site.

Standard #: 22VAC40-191-60-B
Description: Based on records review, center did not obtain the updated Sworn Disclosure Statement (SDS) for employees at the center. Evidence: 1. Staff # 1 was hired on 9/11/17. She did not complete the new SDS form that went into effect on 7/1/17. She completed the old SDS form. 2. Staff # 2 was hired on 10/5/17. He did not complete the new SDS form that went into effect on 7/1/17. He completed the old SDS form.

Plan of Correction: I will have them complete the new form and add to their file.

Standard #: 63.2-1720.1-B-3
Description: Based on record review, center did not obtain an out of state central registry for staff that resides outside of Virginia. Evidence: 1. Staff # 2 lives in Maryland. 2. Center did not obtain an out of state central registry after Staff # 2 was hired.

Plan of Correction: I will obtain the out of state central registry for my staff.


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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