Affordable Video Daycare Monitoring & Parent Tracker Solutions
By: Michael Castello

(Editor's Note) Many of you have visited our Forum and communicated with other operators from differing parts of the country. We read a recent post regarding an accused incident that had made one family daycare's future uncertain and a potential legal nightmare. Whether true or false, a video system within the facility center or home family daycare could eliminate such a dilemma.

We asked "Mr. Marty" owner of a large daycare facility in Pennsylvania if he would elaborate for our viewers why he made the decision to monitor his place of business:

A while back we had a school-age child that accused another school-age child of asking to be touched sexually. The child told his father and then the trouble began. CYS was notified and after a lengthy investigation it was determined to be unfounded, but the effects on us and our employee's were long lasting. We would do whatever was needed to keep this from happening again. We decided to have a CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) system with a DVR recorder installed. We contacted several companies and chose one to do the job.

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I know what you are thinking… OMG I can’t afford that…. Well think again, you can’t afford not to. First of all our center is LARGE, it is in the ground floor of a school building, we have 6 classrooms, a kitchen area, a very long hallway, a front office and a back office. We have 2 cameras in each classroom for coverage, 1 in the kitchen area, 1 in the front office, 2 in the hallway, 1 outside at the entry and 1 at the food storage area. All are infrared (IR) so in low light you can still see. We got this system on a long term lease and the payments are manageable.

Let me tell you what this system has done for us!!

One of our frequent "I gave you a check and you lost it" customers was approached about a late payment. She stated "I put it in the payment box yesterday"…… We said ok and she left…… we reviewed the video for the time and day she stated she "paid" and low and behold she never went anywhere near the payment box. Upon her return we once again asked about the payment and again she stated she had placed it in the box yesterday. We asked the customer for a moment and proceeded to show her the video of her not going anywhere near the box! She wrote us a check right then and there and was never late again…….. $200.00 saved by the cameras.

The beauty of the Internet is that we can log on and watch the cameras from anywhere. We have found employee’s improperly handling children, sleeping, surfing the internet, eating our food, all resulting in their being disciplined or terminated. Our food supply was disappearing alarmingly fast before the camera’s were installed, now surprisingly a months worth of food lasts a whole month! The result is employees now do their job.

As Daycare providers we all know that no matter what the ratio is, incidents happen because we do not have eyes in the back of our heads. It only takes a second for a fall, a punch, a kick, a bite to happen, and it is always the providers fault.

In this day and age of litigious parents, agencies that find you guilty till proven innocent, children with less than adequate upbringing, a security camera system is worth it’s weight in gold! Mr. Marty

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Child Tracker Safety Device Systems

CareTracker 100While many daycare facilities many not opt for a multi-camera CCTV system for their facility. There are also Tracker Device systems for parents. A child can use and assist button worn as a pendant, wristband, or as a belt clip allowing 24/7/365 Monitoring and Emergency Response System. They provide children with a greater sense of freedom and security, and parents with increased peace of mind.

MainStreet MD offers basic personal location device such as the CareTracker 100, not much larger in size than a Tic Tac dispenser. The device offers personal tracking, pre-set safety zones, email and text alert notifications, and SOS features. Further, a family member or caregiver can call child wearing the CareTracker 300 if there is a situation requiring their immediate attention. The pre-set safety "geofence technology" zones allow the parent to specify a predetermined radius and address where a child is meant to enter and leave. The parent will be notified, via email or text message, when the child enters the zone and when the child leaves the zone. Parents can password access the company's website and use internet satellite mapping technology to pinpoint their child and tracker location. It gives parents the peace of mind to know that their child is always where they should be. And in a case of a child leaving an area unauthorized the device can place the child using GPS where a parent/caregiver/or police can retrieve them.

CareTracker 300Children with special needs can likewise utilize this new technology. The MainStreet MD CareTracker 300 is also equipped with a sophisticated Fall Detector, appropriate for children or teens with physical or medical condition that may at times put them at risk for accident or injury. The MainStreet MD Fall Detector features a sensitive motion accelerometer, which can be programmed in levels from 1-to-10, relative to the individual’s natural range of movement or physical limitations. Once a fall is detected, the CareTracker 300 require the wearer to acknowledge the event by pressing a button. If the fall is not acknowledged, the CareTracker will automatically call the MainStreet MD Emergency Response Center, while the family caregivers and buddies are notified via email and text. This particular advantage of the MainStreet MD CareTracker 300 over other medical alert devices is especially critical, since in the vast majority of falls, individuals are physically unable to push a SOS button.

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Depending on the CCTV system you purchase some facilities allow parents the ability to look in on their children in real-time from anywhere they have broadband access. Usually these systems have double passwords and are very secure. suggests the MainStreet MD CareCam Professional which streams Live Video to your Computer, Smart Phone or Cell Phone. While being very affordable it is Easy to use with plug-and-play 10-Minute Installation. It employs Ethernet-over-power to transmit video signals through the electrical system of the premises. There are no costly expenditures on, nor additional, coaxial cables to run. One can have six cameras online, per modem adapter, through MainStreet MD’s Single Channel Gateway. The video, both recorded and live, maybe accessed locally or remotely on a PC, Mac, smartphone, or cell phone. The interface to the camera deploys pan-and-tilt technology, which allows the family or professional caregiver to remotely change the cameras’ point of view to allow maximum coverage.


- Cameras Detect Motion and notifies Primary Caregiver and “Buddies” when motion has occurred.
- Daycare Providers can access Internet Video Recorder (IVR) and review archived video or observe live video of subject online!
- Cameras have built-in Microphone and Speakers for two-way communication.
- Six Cameras per Unit Capacity
- Records up to 30-Days of Continuous Video
- Downloads Video Clips in a simple MP 4 format
- Ability to Timestamp Events
- Easy to use, plug-and-play 10-Minute Installation

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