Kids First Center For Early Learning - Altoona PA Child Care Center

4 SHERATON DR , ALTOONA PA 16601
(814) 943-8177

About the Provider

Description: KIDS FIRST CENTER FOR EARLY LEARNING is a Child Care Center in ALTOONA PA, with a maximum capacity of 191 children. The provider also participates in a subsidized child care program.

Program and Licensing Details

  • License Number: CER-00175521
  • Capacity: 191
  • State Rating: 4
  • Enrolled in Subsidized Child Care Program: Yes
  • Schools Served: Altoona Area
  • District Office: Early Learning Resource Center for Region 6
  • District Office Phone: (814) 623-9129 (Note: This is not the facility phone number.)

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Inspection/Report History

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Inspection Date Reason Description Status
2020-03-12 Complaints- Legal Location 3270.111(c) - Promote development Compliant - Finalized

Noncompliance Area: Staff #1 reported that on 3/12/20 she instructed a preschool child to remove toilet paper from the classroom toilet after the child had used an excessive amount of toilet paper which could have clogged the toilet.

Correction Required: Daily activities shall promote the development of skills, social competence and self-esteem. Daily experiences shall recognize the child as an individual and give some choice of activities that respect personal privacy, lifestyle and cultural background.

Provider Response: (Contact the State Licensing Office for more information.)
Staff shall use daily activities to promote the development of skills. This staff member received disciplinary action due to this incident.
2020-03-04 Renewal 3270.131(d)(7) - Free from contagious/communicable disease Compliant - Finalized

Noncompliance Area: The health report for child #1 lacked a statement that the child is able to participate in child care and appears to be free from contagious or communicable disease.

Correction Required: A health report shall include a statement that the child is able to participate in child care and appears to be free from contagious or communicable disease.

Provider Response: (Contact the State Licensing Office for more information.)
All health reports will be completed in their entirety. Operator or designee will review the document and contact the appropriate physician if information is needed.
2020-03-04 Renewal 3270.151(a) - 12 months prior to service and every 24 months thereafter Compliant - Finalized

Noncompliance Area: Staff #3 was observed having a hire date of 8/27/19 and initial health assessment dated 9/17/19, which was not prior to providing initial service in a child care setting.

Correction Required: A facility person providing direct care who comes into contact with the children or who works with food preparation shall have a health assessment conducted within 12 months prior to providing initial service in a child care setting and every 24 months thereafter. A health assessment is valid for 24 months following the date of signature, if the person does not contract a communicable disease or develop a medical problem.

Provider Response: (Contact the State Licensing Office for more information.)
Health assessments will be obtained prior to staff working in the classroom and every 24 months after. Operator will observe hire/anniversary dates.
2020-03-04 Renewal 3270.192(5) - Two written references Compliant - Finalized

Noncompliance Area: Staff #1 lacked two written, nonfamily references from individuals attesting to the person's suitability to serve as a facility person.

Correction Required: A facility person's record shall include two written, nonfamily references from individuals attesting to the person's suitability to serve as a facility person

Provider Response: (Contact the State Licensing Office for more information.)
References will obtained for personnel files. Letters have been received for staff #2.
2020-03-04 Renewal 3270.27(c) - Training regarding plan Compliant - Finalized

Noncompliance Area: Staff #5 and #6 lacked emergency plan training on an annual basis during the previous year. Current training date of 10/10/19 was observed but no previous training date in 2018 was observed.

Correction Required: The operator shall assure that each facility person receives training regarding the emergency plan at the time of initial employment, on an annual basis and at the time of each plan update. The operator shall document the date of each training and the names of all facility persons who received the training and kept on file at the facility.

Provider Response: (Contact the State Licensing Office for more information.)
Training regarding the emergency plan at the time of initial employment, on an annual basis and at the time of each plan update. The operator shall document the date of each training and the names of all facility persons who received the training and kept on file at the facility.
2020-03-04 Renewal 3270.31(e)(4)(ii) - Fire safety - 1 yr. Compliant - Finalized

Noncompliance Area: Staff #5 and #6 lacked firesaftey training on an annual basis during the previous year. Current training date of 10/10/19 was observed but no previous training date in 2018 was observed.

Correction Required: Staff persons shall participate, at least annually, in firesafety 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 persons will participate annually in fire safety training.
2020-03-04 Renewal 3270.32(a)/3270.192(4) - Comply with CPSL/CPSL information Compliant - Finalized

Noncompliance Area: Staff #1 was observed having a disclosure statement signed 2/17/20 and a Pennsylvania State Police and Pennsylvania Child Abuse clearances ordered 2/24/20, both after signing disclosure stating they were already ordered. Staff #2 was observed having a disclosure statement signed 7/26/19 and a Pennsylvania State Police ordered 8/2/19 and Pennsylvania Child Abuse clearances ordered 8/3/19, both after signing disclosure stating they were already ordered. Staff #4 lacked Mandated Reporter training completed every 60 months. Training dates were 1/24/15 and 2/5/20. Staff #5 lacked Mandated Reporter training completed every 60 months. Training dates were 1/24/15 and 2/7/20. Staff #6 lacked Mandated Reporter training completed every 60 months. Training dates were 1/24/15 and 2/7/20.

Correction Required: The operator shall comply with the CPSL and with Chapter 3490 (relating to protective services). A facility person's record shall include a copy of requests for the criminal history record and child abuse registry clearance information, a copy of the disclosure statement and a copy of the completed clearance information required under the CPSL.

Provider Response: (Contact the State Licensing Office for more information.)
Disclosure statements shall be signed after clearances are submitted. The operator shall assure that each employee receives mandated reporter training within 60 months. The operator shall keep a copy of the mandated reporter training certificate in the employee's personnel file.
2020-03-04 Renewal 3270.66(d) - Toxic plants not permitted Compliant - Finalized

Noncompliance Area: The Pre-K 2 classroom was observed having 1 toxic plant identified as a St. Patricks Day plant and 3 other plants of an unknown origin or toxicity accessible to children. The Pre-K 1 classroom was observed having 1 toxic plant identified as an aloe vera plant and 2 other plants of an unknown origin or toxicity accessible to children.

Correction Required: Toxic plants are not permitted in a child care space.

Provider Response: (Contact the State Licensing Office for more information.)
The list of toxic plants available will be reviewed before purchasing plants for the classrooms. Plants were removed upon inspection.
2020-03-04 Renewal 3270.77(a) - No peeling paint or plaster Compliant - Finalized

Noncompliance Area: The Pre-k 1 classroom was observed having broken plaster on the wall in the bathroom stall.

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.)
Peeled or damaged paint/plaster have been added to our monthly licensing check. This damaged area has been fixed.

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