How Safe Is Your Child's Daycare and Preschool?

How Safe Is Your Child's Daycare and Preschool?
By: Crystal Britt
Cape Girardeau, MO - We worry about our schools, but what our pre-schools and daycare's? What's being done at that level to keep your kids safe? 
Our youngest children, placed in the care of centers and preschools. Parents leave hoping and praying everything will be okay. But, of course there's always... what if? Heartland News went to two childcare centers in Cape Girardeau....both with different ways of handling security. "There's always a teacher with the children at all times", said Chris Gonzales. Gonzales is the director of A Step At A Time Preschool. It's a home away from home for about 43 children. The school has three entrances...all open. They use a bell system to alert teachers when someone comes inside. They also use walkie talkies. But, one thing they don't have is an emergency plan. It's something they're developing now in wake of the recent school shootings. "It's sad, but it's something you have to deal with", said Gonzales.
Technology is the key word at Trinity Lutheran Early Learning Center. "Each parent, or each person authorized to take a child or drop a child off is given an individual code, so everyone has a different code", said Director, Karen Drury. The center's time clock system also keeps track of every child inside. "Should I need to know that...like in a fire situation, I can print that off and have it readily available", said Drury. The center has one door, it's unlocked. Something the director hopes to change by making a keyless entryway. "A parent would put their code in outside the door before they even entered the center", said Drury. Common sense also plays a big role. Workers ask to see a photo ID if they don't recognize someone. They wish they could be more open. Drury says, "But as the world closes in on us, we're going to have to recognize those changes."