Fingerprint scanner promotes secure learning

By on August 15, 2012

Katelynn Miller, Austin Wiker, Gavin Gray and Cocalico Care Center Director Charlotte Brady (left to right) demonstrate how the new fingerprint security system functions. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

The Cocalico Care Center (CCC), an outreach child care ministry at St. John’s United Church of Christ (UCC), Denver, is excited to announce that an advanced new biometric security system has been installed in order to improve the security for staff, children and family members.

St. John’s UCC and the CCC take pride in creating a secure learning environment for children and their families. The new fingerprint scanner ensures that only pre-registered and authorized people can access the care center. The new security system is part of a million-dollar capital campaign currently taking place at St. John’s UCC consisting of building enhancements for the church and the CCC.

The center has also upgraded the registration system, which requires parents/ guardians to log into a secure computer system at drop off/pick up time. This system tracks children and hours spent at the CCC to provide detailed information for the CCC staff and families.

For instance, parents can view their child’s billing statement, schedule or individualized messages from the teacher.

The CCC has been in operation for 22 years and currently serves 90 children in the Cocalico area. It is a licensed daycare facility with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, and is consistently rated as a "Keystone Stars 4" Center. The Star 4 level is the highest level and signifies the fact that the CCC meets criteria above and beyond the basic requirements for providing quality child care.

The center offers preschool programs, full- and part-time day care, before and after school care and summer camps. It will be hosting a Back to School Night for parents to register for the fall sessions and take a tour of the facility on Aug. 21 at 6:30 p.m. Call 336-4007 or visit for more information.

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