Stepping Stones Montessori School - Netcong NJ Regular Child Care Center

17 Maple Street , Netcong NJ 07857
(973) 866-7803

About the Provider

Description: Stepping Stones Montessori School is a Regular Child Care Center in Netcong NJ, with a maximum capacity of 41 children. This child care center helps with children in the age range of 0 - 13 years. The provider also participates in a subsidized child care program.

Program and Licensing Details

  • License Number: 150400116
  • Capacity: 41
  • Age Range: 0 - 13 years
  • State Rating: 1
  • Enrolled in Subsidized Child Care Program: Yes
  • Current License Expiration Date: Sep 11, 2024
  • 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
2023-05-12 2023-06-09 3A:52-4.7(a)(1)
The center shall meet the following requirements for orientation training: the center shall ensure that all newly-hired staff receive orientation training within two weeks of hire and that no individual is left alone to supervise a child or group of children until orientation training is completed.

Violation Observed: Based on information, ensure that all staff who have not completed the required orientation training are directly supervised by another staff member.
2023-05-12 3A:52-4.9(a)
The sponsor, sponsor representative, director, or any staff member shall verbally notify the State Central Registry Hotline (1-877 NJ ABUSE/1-877-652-2873) immediately whenever there is reasonable cause to believe that a child has been subjected to abuse or neglect by a staff member, or any other adult, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 9:6-8.9, 8.10, 8.13 and 8.14.

Violation Observed: Based on information, provide a Corrective Action Plan to DCF as required.
2023-05-12 2023-06-09 3A:52-6.6(a)(1)
The methods of guidance and discipline used shall: be positive.

Violation Observed: Based on information, ensure that staff utilize positive methods of guidance and discipline. A named child was refusing to walk to school and named staff took a hold of a named child's wrist, walking him to a safe location, causing minor swelling of the named child's wrist.
2023-05-12 2023-06-09 3A:52-4.8(a)(1)
Topics of orientation training shall include supervising and tracking all children, as specified in N.J.A.C. 3A:52-4.3(a).

Violation Observed: Based on information, ensure that staff complete orientation training as required.
2023-05-12 3A:52-4.8(a)(2)
Topics of orientation training shall include understanding center operations, policies and procedures, as specified in N.J.A.C. 3A:52-4.5(b)3.

Violation Observed: Based on information, retrain all staff on 1. Ensuring that staff who have not completed orientation training are not left alone to care for the children and 2. The center's discipline policy.
2023-05-12 2023-06-09 3A:52-6.8(e)(3)
The center may utilize a blanket permission slip for taking children on walks only if the route of the walk involves no safety hazards.

Violation Observed: Ensure that permission slips are completed for children who are walked between the center and another school setting.
2023-05-12 3A:52-7.6(b)(2)
The center shall maintain on file a written record of each incident resulting in an injury as specified in N.J.A.C. 3A:52-7.6(a). These records shall include the following: the date, time and location of the incident.

Violation Observed: Complete accident reports as required, including the date, time and location of the incident.
2023-05-12 2023-06-09 3A:52-6.4(b)(1)
The center shall provide sleeping equipment for children 12 months of age and younger, 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 CFR 1219 and 1220, which is incorporated herein by reference, and can be obtained through the CPSC's website at Education-Centers/cribs , playpen, or other Office of Licensing-approved sleeping equipment that meets the following requirement that

Violation Observed: Ensure that all infants do not sleep in bouncy seats. Provide infants with cribs that meet CPSC standards.
2023-02-21 2023-03-07 3A:52-4.3(a)(1)
The center shall develop and implement an Office of Licensing-approved method to keep track of the location and ensure the safety of all children at all times when under the center’s supervision, including the transfer of supervision from and to parents during arrival and departure and the utilization of off-site locations, including playgrounds and field trips.

Violation Observed: Ensure that adequate procedures for tracking children are adhered to at all times throughout the center. Ensure that staff know the number of children in their care at all times, including " after school" and the dismissal transition.
2022-12-09 2023-01-11 3A:52-7.7(a)(3)(i)(1)
The schedule for disinfecting shall be as follows: the following equipment items or surfaces shall be washed and disinfected after each use, washcloths made of fabric, when used for cleaning children.

Violation Observed: Ensure that that center washes and disinfects fabric washcloths and sponges used for cleaning after each use.
2022-12-09 2023-01-11 3A:52-7.7(a)(2)
All areas to be disinfected shall first be washed with soap and water.

Violation Observed: Ensure that all surfaces are cleaned with soap and water prior to disinfecting in Room 1.
2022-12-09 2023-01-11 3A:52-7.8(d)(1)(ii)(3)
For early childhood programs, the following shall apply: diapering requirements for centers serving children who are not toilet trained are as follows, diapering area and surface requirements are as follows, the diapering surface shall be flat, smooth, clean, dry, non-absorbent, and in good repair.

Violation Observed: Ensure that diapering surface is non-absorbent.
2022-12-09 2023-01-11 3A:52-5.3(q)(2)(i)
Space and room requirements are as follows: at no time shall a center allow more children in attendance than the licensed capacity as specified on the license or the Certificate of Life/Safety Approval.

Violation Observed: Ensure that the center operates within its licensed capacity at all times. Room 1 has a licensed capacity of 21 children and 22 children were observed in the classroom.
2022-12-09 2023-01-11 3A:52-6.3(a)(4)
All centers shall comply with the following requirements, if the center provides food, the center shall ensure that the food is stored, prepared, and served in a sanitary manner.

Violation Observed: Ensure that food provided by the center is stored, prepared and served in a sanitary manner. Children were observed using tongs that had fallen on the floor to serve themselves snack.
2022-12-09 2023-01-11 3A:52-6.3(b)(3)(iv)(1)
For early childhood programs, the following shall apply, feeding requirements for centers serving children less than 18 months of age are as follows: for bottles, each child's bottle(s) shall be labeled with the child's name and dated.

Violation Observed: Ensure that each child's bottle is labeled with the child's name and date in Room 3.

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