Local daycares discuss use of technology to protect children

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WICHITA, Kan. The latest charges against Caleb Gaston raise questions and concerns for parents.

Accusations against Gaston include rape of a four-year-old girl at the downtown Wichita YMCA and a prior incident of indecent liberties with a child involving a three-year-old child, also at the downtown Y.

A look into those charges has unveiled a prior accusation of inappropriate touching when Gaston worked at a local church preschool. The 21-year-old did not face charges from that accusation, but did lose his job.

With the latest charges against Gaston, Eyewitness News looked into how local daycares protect your children. Daycare owners specifically discussed how they're using technology to keep kids safe.

Gaston did not work for either daycare that spoke with Eyewitness News Friday.

In the corner of every classroom at Kids' World Childcare, there is a high-definition camera recording children and staff throughout the day.

"It videotapes their daily activities and we can record for 72 hours," says Kids' World owner Margo Jones. "And if we need to play anything back to see what has happened, what's going on, we do that."

Jones installed the cameras five years ago when the facility opened. She says she also checks on every classroom throughout the day, has a digital system that keeps track of how many children are in the building and calls applicants' former employees.

"And we can ask them, off the record, generally, 'would you hire this person back?'" Jones says. "That gives you kind of a sense of if that's a good employee or a good fit for you or if you'd really want to hire this person to work in your center."

At Ashley's House Learning Center, owner Alyson Farris says she constantly checks on children.

"We're getting cameras in all the classrooms and we're also getting ready to implement a federal database fingerprint program where all our staff will be fingerprinted and they will go through an FBI background check," Farris says.

Both centers use codes or passes to get in and both say they follow state background-check requirements.