State Rep. Avery Frix (R-Muskogee) recently sent a letter to the Department of Human Services asking the agency to place cameras in each of its licensed daycare facilities.
“This is for the safety and welfare of the children placed in the care of these facilities,” Frix said. “This also will give parents the ability to check on their children throughout the day, giving them peace of mind and added comfort that their children are being cared for appropriately.”
Currently, child daycare operators can place cameras in their childcare rooms, but they are not required to do so by DHS, which licenses the facilities. Frix said he’s been approached by several constituents asking for this to be made a requirement. He said he would prefer this be handled through the administrative rule process at DHS, which – when approved by the Legislature – would have the effect of law.
Frix said daycare owners and staff also could benefit from the use of cameras should their care be called into question. DHS also could benefit, he said, as the camera footage could be used to help licensing staff who are required to regularly visit daycares to monitor care.
According to DHS, Oklahoma has 3,728 licensed child care programs, including day camps, drop-in programs, child care centers and before- and after-school programs.
“At the end of the day, the safety of the children in the state’s care is the most important factor,” Frix said.