Description: For many years members of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Nogales were concerned many of the children living in Santa Cruz County were entering public school lacking in skills and behaviors needed for success.
In 1996, the St. Andrew’s Church Vestry decided to address this issue by opening a private educational facility which would be based upon the premise that a quality preschool and day care center would enhance the future academic success of children. This premise has been proven during the years the preschool has been in operation. The current program is bi-lingual, English is taught to the children who speak only Spanish and Spanish is taught to those who are English speaking. Recognition of letters, numerals, reading, writing and social skills are fundamental components of the curriculum.
The preschool is incorporated by the State of Arizona, has the IRS designation of a non-profit 501(c)3, and operates with a decision making Board of Directors made up of church, community members and preschool parents.
The preschool is housed in the former church rectory which has been completely renovated to become a child friendly, welcoming facility, meeting the Arizona Child Care License safety requirements.
The initial funding for the operating expense of the preschool came from interested church and community members, the Episcopal Charities Appeal of the Diocese of Arizona and the Southwest Regional Parish, a coalition of Episcopal churches located in the southwest portion of the Diocese. All donated funds and grants received each year from various community and charitable foundations are used for scholarships, equipment and operating expenses.
The preschool, licensed by the State of Arizona for 37children, usually has a “waiting list” illustrating the community’s interest in a quality preschool and day care program. Students who qualify and cannot afford tuition are granted scholarships. The tax deductible Scholarship Fund is supported by individuals, organizations and grants. The Arizona Department of Economic Security gives child care funding for D. E. S. approved families.
Quality education in a nurturing environment is the basic goal of St. Andrew’s Preschool & Day Care Center. This goal is accomplished through the efforts of a trained and caring staff. A teacher/student ratio of 1 teacher for every 10 children enhances success. At the time of the preschool spring “graduation” the children are truly bi-lingual, they recognize and write the alphabet and numerals, and demonstrate the social skills which are needed to help them succeed in public school. Many of the children are also able to read.
A non-denominational chapel is held each week. Taught by an ordained priest, children sing, learn prayers and hear Biblical stories which help to instill positive values for living.
The preschool is a member of NAES (The National Association of Episcopal Schools). The preschool is accredited with the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and is the only nationally certified private preschool in Santa Cruz County. The school is participating in the Arizona Self Study Project with the Arizona Association for Supportive Child Care. The teachers have attended classes given by Central Arizona College and have earned School Age, Provider and Preschool Certificates. Three of the teachers are also nationally certified by NAEYC.
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|Survey Date||Date Corrected||Rule/Statute||Title|
|Findings: The posted menu listed yogurt as a menu item but did not list the specific type of yogurt being served.|
|Findings: The depth of the sand in the fall zones of playground equipment measured as follows: -the depth of the sand in the fall zone of the large slide measured 2 " ; -the depth of the sand in the fall zone of the small slide measured 4 " ; -the depth of the sand in the fall zone of the dome climber measured 5 " .|
|Findings: Upon review of the facility's sign in/out records for enrolled children, Surveyor 1 noted the following: -Child 1: was not signed out on 5/9/19; was signed in with a signature but no time on 5/10/19; was signed out with the time but no signature on 5/10/19. -Child 2 was not signed out on 5/24/19.|
|Findings: Upon review of the facility's first aid kit, Surveyor 2 noted that the kit was lacking two sterile gauze rolls.|
|Findings: During the inspection of the outdoor activity area, Surveyor 1 measured the sand in the fall zones of the playground equipment as follows: -the sand in the fall zone of the dome metal climber measured 1.5"; -the sand in the fall zone of the green slide measured 2.5"; -the sand in the fall zone of the slide that is connected to the castle structure measured 2"; -the sand in the fall zone of the swings measured 2.5".|
|Findings: The Surveyor inspected the three-year-old classroom and observed twelve children were present with one teacher but the classroom is licensed with a capacity of eight. The Surveyor inspected the two-year-old classroom and observed seven children were present with one teacher but the classroom is licensed with a capacity of six.|
|Findings: The Surveyor reviewed two staff files and observed that the file for Staff #1 (start date 7/31/17) contained a TB test that was read negative on 9/11/17. The file for Staff #2 (start date 8/1/98) contained a TB test that was read negative on 8/11/99).|
|Findings: The Surveyor reviewed the facility's fire drills and observed that every fire drill was conducted at 10 am.|
|Findings: The Surveyor reviewed ten Emergency, Information, and Immunization Record cards and observed the following: - The card for Child #1 did not contain documentation of who to call first in the event of an emergency. - The card for Child #2 did not contain documentation of the telephone number for the second emergency contact. - The card for Child #3 did not contain documentation of the parent's signature or date.|
|Findings: The Surveyor reviewed the children's sign in and sign out logs and observed the following: - Child #1 was not signed out on 5/2/18. - Child #3 was not signed out on 5/10/18. - Child #4 was not signed out on 5/1/18. - Child #5 was not signed out on 5/4/18.- - Child #6 was not signed out on 5/9/10 - Child #7 was not signed out on 5/8/18.|
|Findings: The Surveyor reviewed the file for Staff #2 (start date 8/1/98) and observed that the file did not contain documentation of the 10 day new employee training record.|
|Findings: The Surveyor inspected the facility and observed the teacher from the three-year-old classroom leave the classroom to speak with another teacher, thus leaving the children alone and unsupervised. The ratio observed was 0:12.|
|Findings: The Surveyor inspected the three-year-old classroom and observed that the children's drinking water container was stored on the counter of the bathroom's hand washing sink.|
|Findings: The Surveyor inspected the bathroom in the three-year-old classroom and observed smeared feces on the toilet seat.|
|Findings: The Surveyor inspected the three-year-old classroom and observed that the licensed capacity was eight children, yet there were twelve children present at the time of inspection. The Surveyor inspected the two-year-old classroom and observed seven children present and the licensed capacity is six children.|
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