Foundations Early Learning Academy Of Bethlehem Ll - Bethlehem PA Child Care Center

444 MONTCLAIR AVE , BETHLEHEM PA 18015
(610) 867-9800
2 Reviews

About the Provider

Description: FOUNDATIONS EARLY LEARNING ACADEMY OF BETHLEHEM LL is a Child Care Center in BETHLEHEM PA, with a maximum capacity of 87 children. The provider also participates in a subsidized child care program.

Program and Licensing Details

  • License Number: CER-00172457
  • Capacity: 87
  • State Rating: 1
  • Enrolled in Subsidized Child Care Program: Yes
  • Languages Supported: English, Spanish
  • Schools Served: Bethlehem Area - On Site at School, Bethlehem Area - Pick-Up service to/from school, Bethlehem Area - Walking distance to school
  • District Office: Early Learning Resource Center for Region 14
  • District Office Phone: (610) 437-6000 ext 2 (Note: This is not the facility phone number.)

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Inspection/Report History

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Inspection Date Reason Description Status
2020-06-24 Renewal 3270.77(a) - No peeling paint or plaster Compliant - Finalized

Noncompliance Area: There was a small area of peeling paint on one of the walls in the indoor gross motor room.

Correction Required: Peeled or damaged paint or damaged plaster is not permitted on indoor or outdoor surfaces in the child care facility.

Provider Response: (Contact the State Licensing Office for more information.)
Covered area of peeling paint until we can repaint the area.
2019-08-23 Renewal 3270.123(a)(1) - Amount of fee Needs Verification

Noncompliance Area: During the Renewal Inspection on 8/23/2019, the agreements on file for Child #1 and Child #4 did not specify the fee amount to be charged per day or per week.

Correction Required: An agreement shall specify the amount of the fee to be charged per day or per week.

Provider Response: (Contact the State Licensing Office for more information.)
The fee amount was changed to $0 instead of being left blank. Agreements will specify the amount going forward and a $0 if there is no amount.
2019-08-23 Renewal 3270.123(a)(3) - Services proceeded Needs Verification

Noncompliance Area: During the Renewal Inspection on 8/23/2019, Child #2 and Child #3 did not have updated child service reports on file. Both children have attended for longer than 6 months.

Correction Required: The services to be provided to the family and the child, including the Department's approved form to provide information to the family about the child's growth and development in the context of the services being provided. The operator shall complete and update the form and provide a copy to the family in accordance with the updates regarding emergency contact information in 3270.124(f) (relating to emergency contact information).

Provider Response: (Contact the State Licensing Office for more information.)
Child service reports will be kept in child's will be kept in child's file and updated + provided to the child's family. Child #2 + Child #3 have updated client service reports on file.
2019-08-23 Renewal 3270.131(b)(1) - Infant: updated health report every 6 months Needs Verification

Noncompliance Area: During the Renewal Inspection on 8/23/2019, the most recent health report on file for Child #1, an infant at the time was dated 12/10/2018.

Correction Required: The operator shall require the parent to provide an updated health report at least every 6 months for an infant or young toddler

Provider Response: (Contact the State Licensing Office for more information.)
Going forward health reports will be updated every 6 months for infants + young toddlers. Child #1 file was updated with a current health report.
2019-08-23 Renewal 3270.31(e)(4)(ii) - Fire safety - 1 yr. Needs Verification

Noncompliance Area: During the Renewal Inspection on 8/23/2019, Staff #3 did not have proof of annual fire safety training on file within the previous 12 months. Staff #3 did obtain annual fire safety.

Correction Required: Staff persons shall participate, at least annually, in fire safety training conducted by a fire protection professional. Staff persons and volunteers shall receive training in maintenance of smoke detectors, the duties of facility persons during a fire drill and during a fire and the use of the facility's fire extinguishers, not including discharge of the fire suppressant agent.

Provider Response: (Contact the State Licensing Office for more information.)
Staff will participate, at least annually in the fire safety training and it will be kept on file.
2019-08-23 Renewal 3270.52 - Mixed Age Level Needs Verification

Noncompliance Area: During the Renewal Inspection on 8/23/2019, Staff #1 and Staff #2 were observed working with a mixed age group of 6 young toddlers and 6 older toddlers. One staff was assigned to the 6 older toddlers and the one staff to the 6 young toddlers The required ratio for the young toddler group is 1 staff to 5 children.

Correction Required: When children are grouped in mixed age levels, the age of the youngest child in the group determines the staff:child ratio and maximum group size in accordance with the requirements in 3270.51 (relating to similar age level). The required staff:child ratios must be maintained at all times.

Provider Response: (Contact the State Licensing Office for more information.)
The correction for this ratio violation was on 8/23/2019: WE WILL CONTINUE TO MAINTAIN RATIOS.
2019-08-23 Renewal 3270.76 - Building Surfaces Needs Verification

Noncompliance Area: During the Renewal Inspection on 8/23/2019, a cracked outlet cover case with sharp edges exposed was observed in the toddler classroom. The radiator guard in the young school classroom was also loose leaving sharp edges exposed.

Correction Required: Floors, walls, ceilings and other surfaces, including the facility's outdoor play space surfaces shall be kept clean, in good repair and free from visible hazards. Radiator guard in classroom was repaired.

Provider Response: (Contact the State Licensing Office for more information.)
On the day of the outlet was covered +blocked so that children did not have access to it. Surfaces will be kept in good repair + free from visible hazards.
2019-08-23 Renewal 3270.77(a) - No peeling paint or plaster Needs Verification

Noncompliance Area: During the Renewal Inspection on 8/23/2019, peeling paint was seen near the sink in the upstairs bathroom. Peeling paint was also seen on the window sills in the young school age classroom and classroom 5 upstairs.

Correction Required: Peeled or damaged paint or damaged plaster is not permitted on indoor or outdoor surfaces in the child care facility.

Provider Response: (Contact the State Licensing Office for more information.)
Peeling or damaged paint was repaired and area was repainted. We will continue to maintain compliance by checking all surfaces with visual inspections monthly.
2019-08-08 Complaints- Legal Location 3270.113(a)/3270.113(a)(1) - Supervised at all times /Staff assigned to specific children Needs Verification

Noncompliance Area: On 8/8/2019 at 7:25 AM, Staff #2 was working alone in a classroom with a mixed age group of 8 preschool and school age children. Staff #2 left the room to answer the door. This left the classroom unsupervised for 1 to 2 minutes.

Correction Required: Children on the facility premises and on facility excursions off the premises shall be supervised by a staff person at all times. Outdoor play space used by the facility is considered part of the facility premises. Children must be supervised at all times. Each staff person shall be assigned the responsibility for supervision of specific children. The staff person shall know the names and whereabouts of the children in his assigned group. The staff person shall be physically present with the children in his group on the facility premises and on facility excursions off the facility premises.

Provider Response: (Contact the State Licensing Office for more information.)
Staff have been advised that children are not be left unsupervised and procedures to follow if they need to leave the room must be put in place.
2019-08-08 Complaints- Legal Location 3270.52 - Mixed Age Level Needs Verification

Noncompliance Area: On 8/8/2019 at 7:20 AM, Staff #1 was observed working alone in a classroom with a mixed age group of 5 children, that included infants and young toddlers. Two of the children were infants and three were young toddlers. The required ratio for this combined age group is 1 staff to 4 children.

Correction Required: The legal entity must demonstrate continuing compliance with the required staff to child ratios through unannounced monitoring visits by DHS on a monthly basis to be conducted for a period of three months after DHS receives acceptable plans of correction from the legal entity. When children are grouped in mixed age levels, the age of the youngest child in the group determines the staff:child ratio and maximum group size in accordance with the requirements in 3270.51 (relating to similar age level). The required staff:child ratios must be maintained at all times.

Provider Response: (Contact the State Licensing Office for more information.)
Correction was made during visit. Staff member arrived late and reported to assigned classroom immediately. Ratios will continue to be maintained at all times.
2019-01-28 Unannounced Monitoring 3270.24(a) - Immediate access Compliant - Finalized

Noncompliance Area: On the morning 12/21/2018 at Freemansburg Elementary School, 7 school age children were observed exiting a mini-van that the facility uses to transport children. The names and ages of the 7 children were requested from the facility in order to know if any of the children required/require child booster seats. The requests were made as follows: Phone conversation with Staff #1 on 12/28/2018, emails to the facility on 1/4/2019 and 1/9/2019, and phone conversation with Staff #2 on 1/22/2019. As of 1/28/2019, this information has not been provided by the facility.

Correction Required: A staff person shall provide to agents of the Department immediate access to the facility, the children and the files and records.

Provider Response: (Contact the State Licensing Office for more information.)
Information was provided via phone as well as via email on 1/30/2019. Again on 2/25/19 after email was sent.
2018-12-21 Complaints- Legal Location 3270.21/3270.175(b) - General Health and Safety/Used by all occupants Compliant - Finalized

Noncompliance Area: On the morning of 12/21/2018, Staff #1 was observed dropping off a group of school age children at Freemansburg Elementary School. Seven children were observed exiting a mini-van that is designed for 7 passengers (Including the driver). Staff #1 stated that two of the smaller children shared a seatbelt in the backseat

Correction Required: Conditions at the facility may not pose a threat to the health or safety of the children. Safety restraints installed in the vehicle at the time of manufacturing shall be used by all occupants.

Provider Response: (Contact the State Licensing Office for more information.)
Vehicle arrived at school with 6 passengers. Child was brought to staff after arrival by parent, not for transport. All vehicles have safety restraints + each child has individual safety restraint.
2018-09-27 Unannounced Monitoring 3270.52/3270.55(a) - Mixed Age Level/Toddler and preschool children Compliant - Finalized

Noncompliance Area: On 9/27/2018 at 2:20PM, Staff #1 was observed to be alone in a classroom with a mixed age group of 9 infants/young toddlers. Staff #1 was asked how many of the children were infants and how many were young toddlers. Staff #1 stated that 4 of the children were infants and 5 were young toddlers. Staff #1 stated that she was alone because it was nap time.

Correction Required: When children are grouped in mixed age levels, the age of the youngest child in the group determines the staff:child ratio and maximum group size in accordance with the requirements in 3270.51 (relating to similar age level). The required staff:child ratios must be maintained at all times. The staff:child ratio while toddlers and preschoolers are napping is one staff person to 10 young toddlers, one staff person to 12 older toddlers, one staff person to 20 preschool children

Provider Response: (Contact the State Licensing Office for more information.)
Staff was trained and advised that during break in the infant room the ratio must be met at all times. In the event that another staff member is not available then staff will make arrangements to remain in the classroom for the duration of their lunch. Ratios continue to be met and followed according to regulations.
2018-08-17 Renewal 3270.52 - Mixed Age Level Compliant - Finalized

Noncompliance Area: During the renewal inspection on 8/17/2018, Staff #1 was working alone in a classroom with 12 children. The children were identified as young school age children. However, three of the children had not yet started kindergarten on 8/17/2018. One of these three children will be age 4 until 9/17/2018.

Correction Required: When children are grouped in mixed age levels, the age of the youngest child in the group determines the staff:child ratio and maximum group size in accordance with the requirements in 3270.51 (relating to similar age level). The required staff:child ratios must be maintained at all times.

Provider Response: (Contact the State Licensing Office for more information.)
The children in the YSA room are Kindergarten aged children. Staff and management will continue to assure that proper ratios are met in mixed aged levels.
2018-08-17 Renewal 3270.75(c) - Has all items Compliant - Finalized

Noncompliance Area: During the renewal inspection on 8/17/2018, the first-aid kit in toddler classroom was missing bandaids, gloves, and tape, the first-aid kit in the preschool classroom was missing scissors, and the first-aid kits in the school age and young school age classrooms were missing soap.

Correction Required: A first-aid kit must contain the following: soap, an assortment of adhesive bandages, sterile gauze pads, tweezers, tape, scissors and disposable, nonporous gloves.

Provider Response: (Contact the State Licensing Office for more information.)
First Aid kits were filled while inspector was on site. Staff is aware that extra products for first aid kits are in emergency bin.

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Reviews

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Josiah’s Mom Apr 11, 2022
I have used this provider for more than 6 months

My son and I both love it here! Not only is it one of the cleanest centers I’ve been to, they actually teach the kids! My son has learned so much and I feel good knowing that when I leave I don’t have to worry because they treat my son like part of the family.

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The juleps family Jan 21, 2021
I have used this provider for more than 6 months

This daycare is so caring the owner is so nice and if my kids needed anything she would do it I can’t even put into words how good she made my kids feel ???? we love it there ????????????

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