High-tech day care offers parents peace of mind

By Evan Lambert - bio | email

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Kendra's law has been on the books in South Carolina since August and with it, people are paying more attention to what goes on in places that look after kids.

According to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System in 2007 more than 1700 child deaths were reported.

One day care in Myrtle Beach is making parents feel safer about their child's security while they're away with some new technology.

Essential Childcare has cameras placed all throughout the center and parents can watch their child from a secure website or mobile device.

"They are given their classroom that the children are in and then they're also given the playground so they can watch and see and listen to what is happening throughout the day," said Stacey Halpern, the center's director.

Pick-up and drop-off are all digital too, as the only people who can pick up the child need to be registered in a system ahead of time.

Only those in that system can get the child and must touch their finger to a machine and then input a code to unlock the doors.

The day care's director says the technology represents their effort to put safety at the forefront.

Parents say the bells and whistles are a dream come true.

"I absolutely love to be able to know that if I'm going to drop my daughter off and I'm gonna run out somewhere real quick whether it be just down the street or I have to go do a ton of errands I can check in on her," said parent Noel Lauer.

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