Tot’s Place Child Development Center on the Ferris State University campus has become an even safer and more secure environment with installation of a new security door and an updated intercom system.
In order to obtain entrance to classrooms located in the center, the new security door requires swipe card access. Each parent has been issued an identification card to gain access to their child’s classroom. A parent who has forgotten his or her identification card can use the intercom system outside the door to communicate with teachers.
The system also allows center staff to communicate more effectively in case of emergency situations.
“We’ve taken extra measures to make sure the children are safe here,” said Lori Johnson, who has managed Tot’s Place for 15 years. “We can now be more prepared and respond more quickly and effectively if emergencies arise, and we can issue lockdowns right from the office instead of taking the risk of going out in the hallway.”
The $17,000 project was funded by the university. Parents have been supportive of the identification card program and security system, understanding it is a proactive measure rather than reactive, Johnson said.
“Children’s safety is of utmost concern to us,” Johnson said, “We want to make sure the children are safe, and we are fortunate that the university funded it.”
Tot’s Place, accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, provides child care services for young children and serves as a hands-on practicum setting for Ferris students pursuing degrees working with young children.
For more information on Tot’s Place, call (231) 591-2390 or visit www.ferris.edu/totsplace.