A Des Moines company claims to be the first in Iowa to offer a full-service on-line viewing system for daycare facilities, so parents can watch their kids from work. Bart Brody of “Child In Site” says his company is different from all of the others. He says some companies offer daycares the hardware and setup information, but then they’re on their own. Brody says his company installs all of the cameras and gadgets hooked up via a high-speed Internet line and is then kept on fulltime to troubleshoot and maintain the secure website. Parents pay 15 to 25-dollars a month to watch in real-time streaming video. Brody says parents subscribe to stay better connected to their kids, not so much to see if they’re being mistreated, just that when their kids are on their minds, they can be in their sight. Brody says the cameras are very innocuous, with anywhere from six to 12 cameras.Brody says a recent study found, in Des Moines, 68 percent of children under six years old have no stay-at-home parent, far more than in Chicago, Houston, L.A. or New York. He says that’s even more reason to offer a service that allows parents to stay connected to their kids. Brody’s vision for Child In Site is to be in 200 to 500 centers in the next five years. For more information on Child In Site, visit “www.childinsite.com”.
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