Ben Samuels Children's Center, Montclair State University - Little Falls NJ Regular Child Care Center

80 CLOVE RD , LITTLE FALLS NJ 07424
(973) 655-7177
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About the Provider

Description: The Ben Samuels Children's Center at Montclair State University is a model of excellence in the inclusive early care and education of children from birth through 5 years. The Center is committed to examining and implementing the best practices of teaching and learning in a nurturing environment where children with disabilities learn, play and grow alongside their same-age peers.

Program and Licensing Details

  • License Number: 07CHI0019
  • Capacity: 200
  • Age Range: 0 - 13 years
  • State Rating: 1
  • Enrolled in Subsidized Child Care Program: Yes
  • Current License Expiration Date: Jan 31, 2025
  • District Office: New Jersey Dept of Children and Families - Office of Licensing
  • District Office Phone: 1-877-667-9845 (Note: This is not the facility phone number.)
  • Licensor: Jennifer Blohm (jblohm@cjfhc.org)

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Inspection/Report History

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Date Cited Date Abated Regulation Number
2022-07-15 2022-08-09 3A:52-4.3(a)
The children shall be supervised directly by a staff member at all times, including during outdoor activities, rest and sleep, and walking through hallways. Toileting procedures shall be supervised by a staff member as appropriate for the ages and developmental needs of the children.

Violation Observed: Ensure that adequate supervision is maintained at all times throughout the center. A preschool aged child was in the adjacent classroom alone.
2021-12-15 2021-12-20 3A:52-4.3(c)
The following staff/child ratios shall apply, except as specified in 3A:52-4.3(d) through (f):Age Staff/Child RatioUnder 18 months - 1:418 months up to 2 ½ years - 1:62 ½ years up to 4 years - 1:104 years - 1:125 years and older - 1:15

Violation Observed: Ensure that adequate staff/child ratios are maintained at all times throughout the center. Room P 6 had 6 children ages 3 years old and 5 children ages 4-4.5 with 1 staff member when a second staff was needed.
2021-12-15 2021-12-22 3A:52-6.6(e)(1)
The center shall maintain on file a written policy on the disciplining of children by staff members. The policy shall reflect the provisions specified in N.J.A.C. 3A:52-6.6(a) through (c) and include the acceptable actions that a staff member may take when disciplining a child (that is, discussion with the child, time-out, etc.).

Violation Observed: Prepare a discipline policy that includes the acceptable actions staff members may take when disciplining a child. Upload the policy to NJCCIS.
2021-12-15 2021-12-22 3A:52-7.9(a)(1)
For early childhood programs, the following shall apply: the center shall maintain on file a log of the initial illnesses, symptoms of illness, or diseases that are exhibited by each child while in the center’s care, as specified in N.J.A.C. 3A:52-7.1(c) and (d). This illness log shall include

Violation Observed: Maintain an illness log on file at the center and ensure that it contains all of the required components. Upload the policy to NJCCIS. If there are no illnesses, please indicate this on the log.
2021-12-15 2022-08-09 3A:52-4.5(a)(3)(i)(2)
The sponsor or sponsor representative shall designate individuals with the authority and responsibility to develop and implement written policies and procedures for the operation of the center, including job descriptions, titles and qualifications for all center staff.

Violation Observed: Ensure that the center has a table of organization that includes job descriptions, titles and qualifications for all center staff. Upload the document to NJCCIS.
2021-12-15 2022-01-31 3A:52-4.6(a)
The center shall maintain on file a Staff Records Checklist designated by the Office of Licensing, as specified in N.J.A.C. 3A:52-4.1(b), indicating that the center has obtained documentation of the applicable staff education and experience, as specified in 3A:52-4.6(b) through (d).

Violation Observed: Ensure that the center completes and maintains on file a Staff Records Checklist designated by OOL. Upload the document to NJCCIS.
2021-12-15 2022-09-07 3A:52-4.10(b)(1)
When the center applies for a new or renewal license or Certificate of Life/Safety Approval, the sponsor or sponsor representative shall submit to the Department the completed CARI consent forms for all staff members who are or will be working at the center on a regularly scheduled basis. Within two weeks after a new staff member begins working at the center, the sponsor or sponsor representative shall submit to the Department a completed CARI consent form for the new staff member.

Violation Observed: Ensure that all staff submit a CARI background check upon renewal. Upload the CARI checks to NJCCIS.2/9/2022-Two CARI checks outstanding.7/15/2022- There are 4 renewal CARIs missing. 8/9/2022- There are 3 Renewal CARIs missing.
2021-12-15 2022-12-27 3A:52-4.11(a)(1)
As a condition of securing a license or Certificate of Life/Safety Approval, the sponsor or sponsor representative shall ensure that a Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) fingerprint background check is completed for himself or herself, and for all staff members at least 18 years of age who are or will be working at the center on a regularly- scheduled basis, to determine whether any such person has been convicted of a crime, as specified in P.L. 2000, c. 77 (N.J.S.A. 30:5B-6.10 to 6.17). The sponsor or sponsor representative and each staff member shall complete the electronic fingerprinting process through the vendor authorized by the State to conduct CHRI background checks through the Division of State Police in the Department of Law and Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Violation Observed: Ensure that all staff, the sponsor and/or the sponsor representative complete a CHRI background check as required. Upload the CHRI checks to NJCCIS.7/15/2022- There are 7 CHRIs missing. 8/9/2022- There are 5 CHRIs missing. 9/19/2022- There are 3 missing. 11/1/2022- There is 1 CHRI missing.
2021-12-15 2021-12-22 3A:52-4.8(a)(2)
Topics of orientation training shall include understanding center operations, policies and procedures, as specified in N.J.A.C. 3A:52-4.5(b)3.

Violation Observed: Ensure that all staff complete orientation training within two weeks of hire and annually, including understanding center operations, policies and procedures. Upload the annual orientation training to NJCCIS.
2021-12-15 2022-08-09 3A:52-4.6(c)(3)
For early childhood programs, the following shall apply: the group teacher shall meet the requirements for experience and education

Violation Observed: Ensure that the group teacher meets the required qualifications as specified in the manual. The center needs a second Group Teacher for a licensed capacity of 200.
2021-12-15 2022-08-09 3A:52-4.6(d)(1)
For school-age child care programs the program supervisor shall meet the qualification requirements specified in one of the applicable options set forth in N.J.A.C. 3A:52-4.6(d) for education, training, and experience, based on the center's licensed capacity.

Violation Observed: Ensure that the program supervisor meets the required qualifications as specified in the manual. The center needs 2 Program Supervisors for a licensed capacity of 200.
2021-12-15 2021-12-22 3A:52-5.3(o)(1)
First aid requirements are as follows: at least two staff members who have current certified basic knowledge of first aid principles and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), as defined by a recognized health organization (such as the American Red Cross), shall be in the center at all times when enrolled children are present.

Violation Observed: Ensure that at least two staff have current first aid and CPR certifications and are present at all times at the center. Upload the CPR cards to NJCCIS.
2021-12-15 2022-02-09 3A:52-4.5(b)(2)(i)
The director shall have the authority and responsibility for the implementation of policies and procedures for the day-to-day operation of the center, including maintenance of staff attendance records indicating daily hours worked.

Violation Observed: Ensure that the center maintains daily time sheets for staff that indicate the hours the staff worked at the center. Upload the attendance records to NJCCIS.
2021-12-15 2021-12-22 3A:52-4.5(b)(2)(ii)
The director shall have the authority and responsibility for the implementation of policies and procedures for the day-to-day operation of the center, including maintenance of children's daily attendance records, including the daily time of arrival and departure.

Violation Observed: Ensure that the center maintains daily time sheets for the children that indicate the children's arrival and departure times. Upload the attendance records to NJCCIS.
2021-12-15 2022-02-07 3A:52-7.11(a)(1)
Each center shall develop a written policy on the management of communicable diseases. This policy shall include the following: the list of illnesses and symptoms of illness for which a child will be separated from the group and possibly sent home, as specified in N.J.A.C. 3A:52-7.1©.

Violation Observed: Ensure that the center maintains and distributes to all families the center's communicable disease policy and that it includes the list of symptoms for which a child will be excluded from the center. Upload the document to NJCCIS.

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Reviews

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Teewhy May 02, 2013

The problem with the Ben Samuels Children's Center is the so called "waiting list". It is in fact not a true waiting list. My family had our kids on the waiting list for over 4 years and watched friend's kids get enrolled even when they were not on the waiting list. After standing by while 4 separate friends' kids got enrolled, we withdrew our kids' names. It really is a shameful screening process.

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