Greater Bergen Community Action - CD Center - Paterson NJ Regular Child Care Center

(973) 546-2634

About the Provider

Description: Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to 5 from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development. In Bergen and Passaic Counties, Greater Bergen Community Action serves over 1,200 families at early childhood development centers throughout the region. Head Start programs provide comprehensive services to enrolled children and their families which include health, nutrition, social services and other services determined to be necessary by family needs assessments, in addition to education and cognitive development services. Head Start services are designed to be responsive to each child and family’s ethnic, cultural and linguistic heritage. Greater Bergen Community Action also provides Early Head Start, which serves infants, toddlers, pregnant women and their families who have incomes below the federal poverty level. Greater Bergen Head Start and Early Head Start implements a school readiness plan that focuses on five essential domains outlined in The Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework. This plan identifies elements that align with both the NJ Preschool Standards and Creative Curriculum Objectives for Development and Learning; this alignment helps identify areas that can be monitored and assessed. The plan was developed by staff members in our Education, Health and Social Services areas, along with parents of children in the program and community experts. Once drafted, the plan was reviewed and approved by the Head Start Policy Council. For more information, contact 201-366-2135.

Program and Licensing Details

  • License Number: 130600191
  • Capacity: 625
  • Age Range: 0 - 6 years
  • State Rating: 1
  • Enrolled in Subsidized Child Care Program: Yes
  • Current License Expiration Date: Sep 23, 2022
  • 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
2019-12-05 2019-12-05 3A:52-5.3(m)(2) Physical plant requirements for all centers
Supplemental evacuation requirements are as follows: cribs, beds, playpens, and cots used for rest or sleep shall be arranged so as to provide access to a three-foot-wide aisle that leads to an unobstructed exit.

Violation Observed: 130. Ensure that all exits are unobstructed as required. The exit door by room #F was blocked with a barrier. The center removed the barrier during the inspection.
2019-06-20 2019-07-29 3A:52-6.1(b)(2) Activities
The staff member(s) specified in N.J.A.C. 3A:52-4.5 who are responsible for developing and overseeing the implementation of the center's daily activities shall ensure that children have opportunities to choose materials freely and materials are accessible at all times except during lunch and nap time.

Violation Observed: 20. Most classrooms had half of the materials and furnishings packed away in boxes or pushed to a corner of the room and were inaccessible to children. Ensure that the licensed classroom space is set up for children's use and children have access to materials and furnishings as required.
2019-06-20 2019-09-26 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: 202. Provide water testing statement of assurance and check list documentation as required.
2019-06-19 2019-07-29 3A:52-5.3(f)(2) Physical plant requirements for all centers
Toilet facility requirements are as follows: mirrors, dispensers, and other equipment shall be fastened securely.

Violation Observed: 145. Replace the missing toilet bolt covers in Bathroom #3.
2019-06-19 2019-07-29 3A:52-5.4(a)(4) Additional physical plant requirements for early childhood programs
For early childhood programs, the following shall apply, a supply of hot tap water not exceeding 110 degrees Fahrenheit and cold running water shall be provided.

Violation Observed: 150. Water temperature read 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Reduce to 110 degrees.
2019-06-19 2019-07-29 3A:52-5.3(a)(2) Physical plant requirements for all centers
Indoor maintenance and sanitation requirements are as follows: floors, carpeting, walls, window coverings, ceilings, and other surfaces shall be kept clean and in good repair.

Violation Observed: 158. | Repair/replace stained ceiling tiles in the hall by room 2. | Repair/replace stained ceiling tiles in the hall by IT7. | Repair/replace stained ceiling tiles in bathroom #13. |
2019-06-19 2019-07-29 3A:52-5.3(a)(15) Physical plant requirements for all centers
Indoor maintenance and sanitation requirements are as follows: ventilation outlets shall be clean and free from obstructions, and filters shall be replaced when saturated.

Violation Observed: 166. Clean the bathroom vent in IT5.
2019-06-19 2019-07-29 3A:52-5.3(b)(7) Physical plant requirements for all centers
Outdoor maintenance and sanitation requirements are as follows: the center shall comply with the Playground Safety Subcode of the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code, as specified in N.J.A.C. 5:23-11.

Violation Observed: 185. Repair the small damaged area of surfacing behind the play train.
2019-06-19 2019-12-12 3A:52-5.3(h)(3)(i) Physical plant requirements for all centers
Lead paint precautions are as follows: the center shall ensure that a lead paint inspection of all painted surfaces of the center is conducted by a Lead Inspector/Risk Assessor, who is certified by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and employed by either a public health agency or a lead evaluation contractor certified by DCA, as specified in N.J.A.C. 5:17. If the lead paint inspection indicates the center is free of lead-based paint hazards, the center shall submit documentation of the inspection results to the Office of Licensing and the local department of health.

Violation Observed: 207. Provide an updated lead assessment as required. The center is lead hazard safe.
2019-06-19 2019-07-29 3A:52-6.4(b)(2)(iii)(4) Rest and sleep requirements for early childhood programs
The center shall provide sleeping equipment for children over the age of 12 months and under the age of five years, the center shall provide for each child a crib that complies with the Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC), Federal Safety Standards for Full-Size and Non-Full-Size Baby Cribs; 16 CRF 1219 and 1220, which is incorporated herein by reference, and can be obtained through the CPSC's website at, playpen, cot, mat, or other Office of Licensing-approved sleeping equipment that meets the following requirements: each mat used for rest and sleep shall be stored so that there is no contact with the sleeping surface of another mat, or disinfected after each use, as specified in N.J.A.C. 3A:52-7.7(a)1.

Violation Observed: 53. Cots in room IT5 were stacked with children's bedding on them and the bedding was in contact with other children's bedding.
2019-06-19 2019-07-29 3A:52-4.10(b)(2) 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. Until the results of the CARI background check for a new staff member have been received from the Department, the center shall ensure oversight of the new staff member by another staff member, and ensure that person is not left alone to supervise a child or group of children.

Violation Observed: 90. There are 23 CARI clearances pending return for the renewal CARI. Renewal CARI's are current for the remaining 62 staff members.

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