Description: Greetings! Welcome to University Child Care. Our teachers work to facilitate "active learning" in a developmentally appropriate environment for young children, and their parents. Our goal is to promote physical, cognitive, linguistic, nutritional, social and emotional development in an environment which prides inself on the caring and nurturing of our children, parents and student staff. We also focus on supporting the development and parenting efforts of our student parents whom we attempt to assist, whenever appropriate, with their parental responsibilities.
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|Findings: Specialist observed uncapped outlets in a power strip within reach of children in room 107 . Center corrected at time of inspection and will monitor on an ongoing basis to ensure safety and compliance.|
|Findings: Specialist observed the posted staffing pattern to determine staffing on the day of the incident and observed that the posted staffing pattern was not current and did not reflect the staff currently assigned to room 115. Center will review all staffing patterns in all center child care rooms and ensure that current accurate staff assignments are reflected on the posted staffing patterns. Center will submit updated staffing patterns to office for correction and will monitor on an ongoing basis to ensure compliance.|
|Findings: In addition to approved lead teacher, Associated Vice President of Auxiliary Services and Auxiliary Operations Specialist have been in charge of the center since Director's medical leave approximately 8 weeks ago. New Administrative Assistant for the Center was also hired after former Administrative Assistant retired. Center did not report these staff changes. Although the Auxiliary staff do work in another capacity at Towson University, Towson University Child Care Center must notify the Office of Child Care as per regulations of any staffing changes, classroom staff or support staff, within the center as per regulations. Center will submit a complete and current Personnel List/Staff Change Form to the Office of Child Care with all applicable documentation for new hires as per regulations. Specialist requests that this list and all applicable documentation be submitted as soon as possible, but no later than 5 working days.|
|Findings: Although many measures were in place to ensure the safety and security of each child at all times, a safety breach did occur on Monday afternoon, October 29, 2018, when a child was able to leave the center unnoticed. Through Towson University investigations, it is stated that the southeast gate of the playground was suspected to be the breach point. It appears that the gate was securely closed but that either the magnetic lock was not secured or malfunctioned. This gate and lock were stated to have been corrected and additional safety measures have stated to have been instituted as per interview and letter sent to Towson University Child Care parents as noted in other areas of this report. Supervision will be addressed in COMAR 13A.16.08.01A(2)(b).|
|Findings: The child in the incident being investigated is a child in two year old room 115. On Monday, October 29, 2018, lead teacher was stated to have been absent and three assigned student staff members/Aides to that room were present during the time frame of the incident. Specialist reviewed records upon return to office and confirmed that all three student staff members were Aides and not lead teacher qualified. As per regulations, the operator shall assign qualified child care teachers to each group of children to meet the requirement of group size and staffing as per regulations. Center will submit a plan to Office of Child Care outlining procedure for staffing rooms with qualified staff, or approved substitute, in a lead teacher's absence in order to maintain compliance as per regulations. Substitute usage and director absence will be addressed in this plan as well. Any questions or needed clarifications can be addressed to specialist or office.|
|Findings: As per specialist's conversation with lead teacher, who was stated to not have been present on the day of the October 29, 2018 incident, staff are assigned/positioned at various strategic points on the playground for supervision. It was speculated by this lead teacher that the child was playing by the gate and may have pushed up against the gate and the lock was either not engaged or malfunctioned. Center staff present were stated to have not seen the child exit the playground. The child was not discovered missing until the class returned inside and a head count revealed that the child was not with the group. The time frame from the time the 2 year old class went out to the playground and the time the child was determined to be unaccounted for could not be determined by center staff upon inquiry. The time frame from the time the child was determined to be missing and his safe return was estimated by center staff to be between 10-30 minutes. Increased security measures were outlined to licensing specialist as noted in other areas of the report. Increased staff supervision practices will be addressed by center and reported to Office of Child Care.|
|Findings: Specialist learned at October 31, 2018 inspection that Towson University (TU) Auxiliary Operations Specialist had been placed at the TU Child Care Center in the role of administrator 8 weeks ago while director was on medical leave. Center did not report this placement to the Office of Child Care or submit a release of information within 5 working days of its occurrence as per regulations. Although this specialist works in another capacity at TU, TU Child Care Center must notify the Office of Child Care within 5 working days of the addition of any new employee to the Center and submit a notarized release of information form to process for clearance. At time of inspection, it was stated that this Auxiliary Operations Specialist has now returned to her regular TU position and is no longer in the Child Care Center. It was stated by Auxiliary Services Associate Vice President, that he will be meeting with Human Resources to determine how to proceed with an acting director in the current director's possible extended medical leave. If this TU specialist returns to this position, or a new employee(s) to the Child Care Center is hired, TU will proceed as per regulations.|
|Findings: At time of inspection, center's fence was observed to be solid and in good repair. As per investigation and a letter distributed to parents after the incident, it is speculated by those investigating from TU that either a magnetic lock on the southeast gate of the playground was not engaged or it malfunctioned, and when child pushed against the gate was able to exit. After the child was safely located and returned to the center, it was communcated that a thorough safety inspection of the rear playground was conducted by several members of the Towson University Facilities, Auxiliaries and Public Safety team to determine the child's exit point. It was stated that the magnetic lock on the gate was re-engaged and steps are being taken to further secure the areas. Lead Teacher interviewed stated that an alarm system on the gates is being looked into for further precautionary measures. As per letter sent to parents after the incident, center has also instituted a secondary perimeter check before and after each classroom utilizes the playground area. Additionally, as stated, a staff member will also be stationed by each gate during playground activities .|
|Findings: Center had not reported this October 29, 2018 incident to Child Protective Services (CPS) prior to specialist's unannounced inspection investigation on October 31, 2018, approximately 48 hours after the incident. Complainant caller did not know the last name of the child or any parent information so specialist could not call to report to CPS prior to her inspection. At time of inspection specialist received documentation of information for the child, parent(s) and has requested information for staff member in charge of the child's room on the day of the incident. In director's absence, lead teachers stated they were not aware they needed to contact CPS in this situation. After discussion, lead teacher called CPS to report and stated that message was taken by CPS as it was almost 4 PM. Specialist will follow up with CPS upon return to Office to determine if they will be accepting and investigating the case for neglect. Child was located near the center and returned unharmed. On November 1, 2018, CPS accepted the case and assigned a social worker to investigate. Specialist coordinated with CPS social worker assigned to the case and conducted a joint inspection November 2, 2018.|
|Findings: Lead teacher interviewed stated that, as per center policy, center staff are stationed at various points on the playground for supervision purposes. Camera footage stated to have been observed by campus security investigating the incident, did not capture this corner of the playground where the speculated breach occurred. It was stated to be speculated by center staff that the child pushed against the gate and the magnetic lock was either not engaged or malfunctioned and the child slipped out without being noticed. This lapse of supervision allowed the child to go missing unnoticed for an estimated 10-30 minutes. Further safety measures, precautions and an updated supervision plan has been put in place as specialist was told by lead teachers during interview. A letter stating these measures was sent to center parents by Towson University Associate Vice-President of Auxiliary Services. This letter is included in the inspection investigation file.|
|Findings: Center did not have fragrance free soap in their First Aid Kit. Center will correct and submit photo or receipt to office for correction within 5 working days.|
|Findings: No Noncompliances Found|
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