Creative Starts Academic Learning Center - Brick NJ Regular Child Care Center

225 OLD SQUAN RD , BRICK NJ 08724
(732) 458-3737
7 Reviews

About the Provider

Description: We begin to incorporate our goals of promoting self-esteem and socialization in our Infant Class, with each class building on the accomplishments of the previous year. Our Pre-Kindergarten Class graduates from Creative Starts Academic Learning Center with the essential foundations for kidergarten preparedness (knowledge of address, telephone number, beginning phonics, handwriting, basic math skills, knowledge of the alphabet, written and recognized - capital and lower case - just to name a few!)

Program and Licensing Details

  • License Number: 15CRE0001
  • Capacity: 76
  • Age Range: 0 - 13 years
  • Enrolled in Subsidized Child Care Program: Yes
  • Current License Expiration Date: Sep 07, 2024
  • 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.)

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Inspection/Report History

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Date Cited Date Abated Regulation Number Summary
2021-07-12 2021-08-31 3A:52-4.10(b)(1) Child Abuse Record Information background check procedures
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: Submit to OOL, cleared CARI background checks for 5 staff.
2021-07-12 2021-08-31 3A:52-3.4(a) Comprehensive general liability insurance
The sponsor or sponsor representative shall secure comprehensive general liability insurance coverage for the center and shall maintain on file a copy of the insurance policy or documentation of current insurance coverage.

Violation Observed: Submit to OOL, a current liability insurance policy.
2021-07-12 2021-08-31 3A:52-4.11(a)(1) Criminal History Record Information background check procedures
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: Submit to OOL, cleared CHRI background checks for the center's sponsor and 2 staff.
2021-07-12 2021-08-31 3A:52-6.6(e)(1) Discipline
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: Submit to OOL, the center's discipline policy including acceptable actions that staff may take and ensure it is posted at the center.
2021-07-12 2021-08-31 3A:52-7.9(a)(1) Illness log for early childhood programs
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: Submit to OOL, the center's illness log.
2021-07-12 2021-08-31 3A:52-7.11(a)(1) Information to parents regarding the management of communicable diseases
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: Submit to OOL, the center's policy on communicable disease management.
2021-07-12 2021-08-31 3A:52-6.8(j)(1) Parent and community participation
The center shall develop and follow a written policy on the expulsion of children from enrollment at the center. The expulsion policy shall include

Violation Observed: Submit to OOL, the center's Expulsion Policy.
2021-07-12 2021-08-31 3A:52-5.3(r) Physical plant requirements for all centers
The center shall take any steps required by the Office of Licensing to correct conditions in the building or center that may endanger the health, safety, and well-being of the children served.

Violation Observed: Per updated COVID-19 Standards – Child Care Centers, issued 5.26.2021, ensure that children wash their hands with soap and water immediately after use of the bathroom.
2021-07-12 2021-08-31 3A:52-5.3(n)(1) Physical plant requirements for all centers
Fire prevention requirements are as follows: the center shall conduct fire drills at least once a month, as specified in the NJUFC. The center shall ensure that fire drills are conducted during each session provided at the center and that one fire drill per year is conducted during nap time, if applicable.

Violation Observed: Submit to OOL, the center's fire drill log.
2021-07-12 2021-08-31 3A:52-5.3(a)(19) Physical plant requirements for all centers
Indoor maintenance and sanitation requirements are as follows: the center shall test for the presence of radon gas in each classroom on the lowest floor level used by children at least once every five years and shall post the test results in a prominent location in all buildings at the center, as specified in N.J.S.A. 30:5B-5.2.

Violation Observed: Test for the presence of radon in all rooms used by children on the lowest level and submit results to OOL.
2021-07-12 2021-08-31 3A:52-5.3(i)(5)(i) Physical plant requirements for all centers
Environmental condition precautions are as follows: at the time of the initial application, any renewal application, relocation of an existing licensed center and, in the discretion of the Office of Licensing, any other time, the applicant or facility operator shall certify in writing that the center provides a potable water supply provided by a public community water system. If the facility is supplied by a public community water system, the applicant or facility operator shall provide documentation of water testing conducted by a laboratory certified by the Department of Environmental Protection for water testing for lead and copper from all faucets and other sources used for drinking water or food preparation and at least 50 percent of all indoor water faucets utilized by the center.

Violation Observed: Upon renewal, conduct water testing for lead and copper as required by OOL and submit the test results along with the Checklist and Statement of Assurance to OOL for files.
2021-07-12 2021-08-31 3A:52-4.6(a) Staff qualifications
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: Submit to OOL, a current staff records checklist.
2021-07-12 2021-08-31 3A:52-4.5(a)(3)(i)(1) Staff responsibilities
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 a table of organization that illustrates lines of authority, responsibility and communication.

Violation Observed: Develop and table of organization for the center including the lines of authority, job descriptions and responsibilities.
2021-07-12 2021-08-31 3A:52-4.5(a)(3)(i)(2) Staff responsibilities
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: Submit to OOL, job titles, duties and qualifications for all staff.
2021-07-12 2021-08-31 3A:52-5.2(a)(5) State, county and municipal government physical facility requirements
The center shall be permitted to obtain a valid fire safety inspection certificate issued by the municipality in which it is located, based on a fire inspection conducted within the preceding 12 months, and submit a copy of the certificate to the Office of Licensing in lieu of a CO or CCO, if the center serves only children 2 ½ years of age or older and is located in a public school building that is used as a public school.

Violation Observed: Submit to OOL, a current fire certificate.

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Reviews

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Mother Oct 20, 2021
I have used this provider for more than 6 months

They are awful here.I wouldn't recommend bringing your children here.I don't know how they lasted this long or how they were voted #1 in the county. Poorly run and the owner Marquita charges for every little thing. I'm surprised Marquita doesn't charge for breathing in her daycare.This is the worst daycare I have experienced. They don't watch the kids like they should be. There's not much for the kids to do in the yard. This place is a joke. I can go on and on. But bottom line I would find somewhere else to bring my child.

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Ashley Pacyna Jul 06, 2017
I have toured this provider's facility, but have not used its services

I have recently toured the Creative Starts Learning Center upon recommendation of a few of my neighbors. I will be in need of a place to take my son in a few months and I reached out to my friends. They all recommended this place highly and assured me that this was the place to go. Upon arriving I was prepared with all my questions and concerns. As I was let in, one of the teachers brought me directly to the Director/Owner ( I couldn't believe that she was onsite and working, as this is not usually the case). She made me feel welcomed and answered all the questions that I asked and assured me that all the concerns that I had were her concerns too. She asked if I had the time to view the classrooms ( not just the class my child would be in but the entire school). Well it was wonderful the rooms were bright and full of the artwork/schoolwork applicable to the age groups. The children were busy and their teachers were very hands on making sure that everyone was part of the activity that they were working on. As we walked through the rooms I was introduced to all the teachers and they were very friendly, I saw the progression of the childrens work on the walls and I was impressed. I left there with a smile on my face knowing that my child will be coming here when I return to work. I passed my neighbor as I drove into my driveway and I thanked her for the recommendation and then she asked if her childrens former teachers were still there. I remembered some of the names and was happy that many of them were. I would recommend this school to anyone.

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Former employee Jul 01, 2017

As a past employee at Creative Starts, I've found it rewarding to see children blossom from infants to Pre-K graduates with the basic academic knowledge for Kindergarten.
My co-workers were professional, courteous and worked as a team which made a pleasant work day.
Management will work with you if the daily operational needs would allow.

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Ex worker Jun 14, 2017
I am an employee

I worked there briefly and hated it, the staff does nothing but yell at the kids, they stick them in time out instead of redirecting them. The director always has new rules to set then goes against her own rules. The turn over rate is unbelievable

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1234 Apr 15, 2017

The place is dirty always food and sand on the floor. Owner doesn't seem to care about children only about making money. The staff is always changing and you have to wonder why. I would not send my child to a place like this so many other daycares that are cleaner and the staff doesn't constantly change.

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ex worker Jan 11, 2017
I am an employee

this was the most unprofessional day care i have ever worked for. the owner sets a poor example of how to discipline the children. She forces you to do everything her way, even if you are uncomfortable with it and threatens to fire you/write you up for not doing it. Ive witnessed her take shoes, blankets, and even food away from the children. they do not follow state guide lines and do not take very good care of the children.

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Rvhnjmama May 12, 2016
I have used this provider for more than 6 months

My son has sensory processing issues. The first 4 months were a struggle in transitioning him into the classroom. Eventually, he thrived and was "the best kid in his class". That is, until he had a few bad days and they were unable to use any of the suggestions provided by his occupational therapist because they were not paying enough attention. They blamed him for his bad behavior, knowing that he has a disability, and after only a week they expelled him.
We were told that he is "required to nap by state law" and that he was "disruptive to the class". There was NO sympathy for his disability and I am absolutely disgusted that they are allowed to operate this way.

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