Building Blocks Academy - Felton DE Licensed Child Care Center

(302) 284-8797

About the Provider


In service since 2009, Building Blocks Academy is owned and operated by Mary Jean Blades.

A teacher for 28 years, Mary Jean has spent her entire career working with children of all ages - particularly at pre-K and Kindergarten levels. In her last few years in the Public School System, Mary Jean was the Pre-K and Child Find Coordinator for the local school district. In her time as the pre-K teacher and Child Find Coordinator, she dealt with a number of pre-school/daycare and babysitting services throughout the state, and noted that there was one approach that wasn't getting enough attention. And it was in that moment that Building Blocks Academy was born.

Additional Information: Initial Licensed Date: 08/31/09; Special Conditions: Regulated Services:; Stars Rating: Two Stars; Reported Injuries & Deaths: 2013: 1 facility injury and no facility deaths reported.
2015: 1 facility injury and no facility deaths reported.
2016: 2 facility injuries and no facility deaths reported.
2017: 3 facility injuries and no facility deaths reported.; Financial Arrangements: Child Care Food Program;Purchase of Care;

Program and Licensing Details

  • Capacity: 127
  • Age Range: 6 weeks through 12 years.
  • Rate Range 140-160
  • State Rating: 2
  • Enrolled in Subsidized Child Care Program: No
  • District Office: State of Delaware, Office of Child Care Licensing
  • District Office Phone: 1-800-822-2236 (Note: This is not the facility phone number.)
  • Licensor:

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Inspection/Report History

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Date Type Regulation Code Status
2019-09-23 Non Compliance 60N - Administration of medication Corrected
Corrective Action: Ensure only authorized staff administer medication. Staff #5 was observed administering sunscreen, but does not have a certificate on file.
2019-09-23 Non Compliance 47N - Diapering Corrected
Corrective Action: Purchase a foot-activated diaper pail for the one-year-old and two-year-old classrooms. This was corrected when two foot-activated diaper pails were purchased and placed in the classrooms.
2019-09-23 Non Compliance 49N - Emergency planning Corrected
Corrective Action: Purchase an emergency supply of water.
2019-09-23 Non Compliance 36N - General safety practices Corrected
Corrective Action: Ensure hazardous materials are stored inaccessible to children. This was corrected when cleaning supplies were removed from under sinks and store out of reach. Discontinue the use of the portable wading pools. This was corrected when the pools were thrown away.
2019-09-23 Non Compliance 20N - Personnel files Corrected
Corrective Action: Ensure staff files are complete. One staff needs one reference. Four staff need service letters. Three staff need two references. One staff needs a health appraisal with TB results. Two staff need orientation. One staff needs to be fingerprinted.
2018-10-10 Non Compliance 20N - Personnel files Corrected
Corrective Action: A health appraisal is needed for one staff member.
2018-10-10 Non Compliance 70N - Equipment Corrected
Corrective Action: Add multicultural supplies to all classrooms.
2018-10-10 Non Compliance 34N - First aid and CPR training Corrected
Corrective Action: Provide First Aid and CPR certifications for ten staff members.
2017-11-17 Non Compliance 23N - Adult health requirements Corrected
Corrective Action: A staff member was working with children although she had nits in her hair. Staff #1 must be lice and nit free to provide direct care for children in the facility.
2017-10-05 Non Compliance 57N - Child health appraisal Corrected
Corrective Action: Need child health apprasial for one child.
2017-10-05 Non Compliance 32N - Annual training Corrected
Corrective Action: Need annual training hours for one staff.
2017-10-05 Non Compliance 25N - Orientation Corrected
Corrective Action: Need orientation documentation for one staff.
2017-10-05 Non Compliance 20N - Personnel files Corrected
Corrective Action: Need complete staff file for four staff.
2017-06-13 Non Compliance 65N - Positive behavior management Corrected
Corrective Action: A child was made to help clean feces and urine from the floor after a toileting accident. This is inappropriate. Staff are to clean up after children. Administrator and Staff #1 shall attend a three hour Positive Behavior Management training and submit training certification to OCCL by August 1, 2017.
2016-06-17 Non Compliance 47N - Diapering Corrected
Corrective Action: Train Staff #1 on proper handwashing procedures.

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