Playhouse Childrens Center - Punxsutawney PA PA Pre-K Counts

218 Lane Ave , PUNXSUTAWNEY PA 15767
(814) 938-0244
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About the Provider

Description: Playhouse Children's Center of Punxsutawney, PA offers high-quality child care and education to help each child reach their full potential. We believe that excellent early childhood education benefits the growth and development of children, their families, and the community. We use proven, developmentally appropriate practices in working with children, and continuously educate our staff on best practices.

Program and Licensing Details

  • License Number: CER-00152960
  • Capacity: 134
  • State Rating: 4
  • Enrolled in Subsidized Child Care Program: Yes
  • Languages Supported: English, American Sign Language,
  • Schools Served: Punxsutawney Area
  • District Office: Early Learning Resource Center for Region 2
  • District Office Phone: (814) 765-1546 (Note: This is not the facility phone number.)

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Inspection/Report History

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Inspection Date Reason Description Status
2020-09-24 Renewal 3270.32(a)/3270.192(2)(iii) - Comply with CPSL/Exp, educ., training at facility Needs Verification

Noncompliance Area: The two most recent mandated reporter trainings on file for staff person #1, #2, #3, #9, and #10 were updated in an interval greater than 5 years or 60 months as required by the current CPSL.

Correction Required: The operator shall comply with the CPSL and with Chapter 3490 (relating to protective services). A facility person's record shall include verification of child care experience, education and training following the outset of service at the facility.

Provider Response: (Contact the State Licensing Office for more information.)
Staff have current mandated reporter trainings on file. The director will comply with the CPSL and ensure that facility person's records includes verification of child care experience, education and training following the outset of service at the facility. Director will review CPSL regulations with staff person Melissa, who assists with staff files.
2020-09-24 Renewal 3270.32(a)/3270.192(4) - Comply with CPSL/CPSL information Needs Verification

Noncompliance Area: The file for staff person #2 contains an NSOR certificate dated 07/10/20, which is after the date of 07/01/20, the date the NSOR certificate was required to be on file by the current CPSL. The file for staff person #5 contains an NSOR certificate dated 09/08/20, which is after the date of 07/01/20, the date the NSOR certificate was required to be on file by the current CPSL. In addition, the two most recent state police and FBI clearances on file for staff person #5 were updated in an interval greater than 5 years or 60 months as required by the current CPSL. Staff person #6, who began in a child care taking position on 10/14/19, has on file an NSOR certificate dated 01/16/20, which is past the 45 day provisional hire period in effect as of 01/01/20. The file for staff person #7 contains an incomplete state police clearance, making it invalid.

Correction Required: The operator shall comply with the CPSL and with Chapter 3490 (relating to protective services).Facility Person #7 may not work in a child care position at the facility until a valid state police clearance is on file. 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.)
The operator will comply with the CPSL. Facility Persons will not work in a child care position at the facility until a valid state police clearance is on file. Staff have current clearances on file. A facility person's record will 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.
2020-09-24 Renewal 3270.36(b)(5)/3270.192(2)(ii) - HS/GED + 2 yrs/Exp, educ., training prior to facility Needs Verification

Noncompliance Area: The file for staff person #13 lacks verification of 2 years' experience to qualify for the position of assistant group supervisor, which is the position held by and currently being performed by staff person #13. Staff person #13 is being qualified for the position of assistant group supervisor using a high school education/GED and 2 years' experience with children.

Correction Required: An assistant group supervisor shall have a high school diploma or a general educational development certificate and 2 years experience with children .A facility person's record shall include verification of child care experience, education and training prior to service at the facility.

Provider Response: (Contact the State Licensing Office for more information.)
Director contacted #13 staff persons previous employers who provided clarification on "years of experience." Director will ensure that facility person's record includes verification of child care experience, education and training prior to service at the facility
2020-09-24 Renewal 3270.21 - General Health and Safety Needs Verification

Noncompliance Area: At approximately 11:45 am, staff person #1 was not wearing their face shield in the outdoor play space and children were observed playing within 6 feet of them. Based on conversation with staff, they thought that face coverings did not have to be worn outside.

Correction Required: Conditions at the facility may not pose a threat to the health or safety of the children.

Provider Response: (Contact the State Licensing Office for more information.)
All staff have been notified that they are required to wear face shields/masks outdoors as well. A sign has been posted on the door to the playground to remind everyone. Director will monitor staff on playground to ensure that they are wear face coverings.
2020-09-24 Renewal 3270.34(a)(6) - Staff evaluations Needs Verification

Noncompliance Area: The file for staff person #3, #8, and #11 contain evaluations completed in an interval greater than 12 months.

Correction Required: A director is responsible for written evaluation of staff persons on a regular basis, a minimum of one evaluation every 12 months.

Provider Response: (Contact the State Licensing Office for more information.)
Staff have current evaluations on file. Director will ensure that a written evaluation for every staff person is completed at least every 12 months.
2020-09-24 Renewal 3270.66(e) - Arts and crafts non-toxic Needs Verification

Noncompliance Area: A can of shaving cream was observed in a locked cabinet in the Blue room and included instructions to keep out of the reach of children. Based on conversation with staff in that room, it is used for arts and crafts.

Correction Required: Arts and crafts materials shall be nontoxic.

Provider Response: (Contact the State Licensing Office for more information.)
Shaving cream has been discarded and all staff have been notified that shaving cream can not to be used for classroom activities.
2020-09-24 Renewal 3270.77(a) - No peeling paint or plaster Needs Verification

Noncompliance Area: Observed an area of chipping paint on the wall across from the bathrooms.

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.)
Areas of chipped have been repainted. Walls and surfaces will be kept in good repair.
2020-09-24 Renewal 3270.102(a) - Clean and good repair Needs Verification

Noncompliance Area: Observed several exposed bolts on the fencing near the gate in the smaller enclosed outdoor play space. Observed two of the feeding chairs in use in the infant room lack the safety straps used to secure children in the seat.

Correction Required: Toys, play equipment and other indoor and outdoor equipment used by the children shall be clean, in good repair and free from rough edges, sharp corners, pinch and crush points, splinters and exposed bolts.

Provider Response: (Contact the State Licensing Office for more information.)
Exposed bolts have been cut and covered with duct tape. Straps in the feeding chair were replaced. Director will inspect playground regularly to ensure equipment is safe and in good repair.
2020-09-24 Renewal 3270.123(a)(4) - Arrival/departure times Needs Verification

Noncompliance Area: The agreement on file for child #2 lacks the child's arrival and departure dates.

Correction Required: An agreement shall specify the child's arrival and departure times.

Provider Response: (Contact the State Licensing Office for more information.)
Agreement for child #2 was updated with times. Director will ensure that all agreements specify child's arrival and departure times.
2020-09-24 Renewal 3270.124(b)(2) - Physician name, address, phone Needs Verification

Noncompliance Area: The file for child #1 and child #4 contains emergency contact information which lacks the address of the child's physician. The file for child #2 and child #3 contains emergency contact information which lacks the name, address and telephone number of the child's physician.

Correction Required: Emergency contact information must include the name, address and telephone number of the child's physician or source of medical care.

Provider Response: (Contact the State Licensing Office for more information.)
Emergency contact information was updated with the physician's information for child #1,#2 and #4. Director will review all emergency contact information and ensure that physician information is complete.
2020-09-24 Renewal 3270.124(b)(3) - Parent home/work address, phone Needs Verification

Noncompliance Area: The file for child #1, #2, #3, and #5 contain emergency contact information which lacks the complete work address of the enrolling parent.

Correction Required: Emergency contact information must include the home and work addresses and telephone numbers of the enrolling parent.

Provider Response: (Contact the State Licensing Office for more information.)
Emergency contact information for child #1, #2, #3 and #5 were updated with the work information. Director will review all emergency contact information and ensure that parent work and home information is complete.
2020-09-24 Renewal 3270.131(b)(1) - Infant: updated health report every 6 months Needs Verification

Noncompliance Area: The file for child #7 lacks a 6 month health report update, which was due prior to the emergency declaration and subsequent suspension of regulation caused by COVID -19. Child #7 is a young toddler.

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.)
An updated health report will be obtained for child #7. Director will ensure that parents provide an updated health report at least every 6 months for infants and young toddlers.
2020-09-24 Renewal 3270.131(e)(1) - Exemption documentation from parent/guardian Needs Verification

Noncompliance Area: The file for child #1, child #5 and child #6 lacks verification of administration of a current influenza vaccine administered in accordance with the schedule recommended by the ACIP.

Correction Required: The facility shall require the parent to provide updated written verification from a physician, physician's assistant, CRNP, the Department of Health or a local health department of ongoing vaccines administered to an infant, toddler or preschool child in accordance with the schedule recommended by the ACIP.

Provider Response: (Contact the State Licensing Office for more information.)
Letters declining the flu vaccine or proof of vaccination will be obtained for child #1, child #5 and child #6. Director will ensure that the parent to provide updated written verification of ongoing vaccines administered to all children. If a parent declines the recommended vaccines, a letter from parent shall be on file.
2020-09-24 Renewal 3270.133(6) - Written consent Needs Verification

Noncompliance Area: The epi-pens for child #7 and #8, observed in the Green room, did not have written consent by a parent for administration.

Correction Required: A parent shall provide written consent for administration of medication or a special diet.

Provider Response: (Contact the State Licensing Office for more information.)
Parent stated that epi-pen for child #8 is no longer needed and it has been removed. Written permission for epi-pen administration for child #7 has been obtained from parent and is in child's file as well as attached to epi-pen. Written consent for all medications will be obtained when the medication is accepted by the facility.
2020-09-24 Renewal 3270.151(a) - 12 months prior to service and every 24 months thereafter Needs Verification

Noncompliance Area: The two most recent health assessments on file for staff person #4 and staff person #9 are dated in an interval greater than 24 months.

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.)
Staff persons have current health assessments on file. Director will ensure that facility person providing direct care who comes into contact with the children or who works with food preparation have a health assessment conducted within 12 months prior to providing initial service in a child care setting and every 24 months thereafter.

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Reviews

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Beth Feb 17, 2020

Worst daycare center I have ever had to deal with. So unprofessional. I highly do not recommend this daycare center. I took my children else where.

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