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Latchkey Kids Calling Program

latch key kids Database Systems Corp. (DSC) is a leading developer of call center technology and provides automatic calling systems. The technology is ideally suited for certain community service calling applications.

One of these programs is called CARE (Call Reassurance). The CARE telephone reassurance phone system calls seniors or children left alone at home (Latchkey Kids) to ensure their well-being. CARE systems are purchased by law enforcement and community service organizations throughout the country.

CARE systems are generally installed and managed by community organizations such as local police departments or county sheriff's offices, but can be managed by volunteer groups, school districts, or other community organizations. For additional information about latchkey children published by a community service organization, please visit the Latchkey Kids Guidelines web page.

Individual Latchkey Child Signup

DSC provides an easy and secure sign-up procedure (For a quick overview, please visit the registration information web page). Everything can be done using our Latchkey Kids website.

  • Online Enrollment - Sign-up online using our secure website.
  • Child's Profile - Specify your child's profile (window of time to make calls to your child).
  • Name Contacts - Identify who we need to contact if we can't reach your child.
  • Secure Payment - Choose one of several enrollment and payment options and pay online using Visa or MasterCard.
DSC provides online and phone management of your account. This lets you view a history of the calls. You can also manage the dates and times for these calls including vacation days.

Plus our service is performed automatically - there are no operators involved so we can ensure your child's privacy.

Who Are Latch Key Kids?

    "Latchkey kids or latch key children refer to younger students that return from school to an empty home because their parents are away at work. The term also refers to children that are often left at home with little or no parental supervision."
DSC is a leading provider of community calling programs. These programs are provided to assist the elderly who are living alone. They also can provide peace of mind to single parents or working parents who need to ensure their children are OK when they return from school.

Homebound seniors and latchkey children are called to ensure their well-being. If the CARE subscriber does not answer the call, the CARE phone system automatically generates an emergency call to the parents, family or friends as well as notification to the CARE phone center. The CARE program is updated to ensure a follow-up is performed and that the senior or child is OK.

Contact DSC to learn more about our call reassurance systems and services. To learn about state laws and guidelines for your state, please visit our latchkey kids age restrictions webpage.

eCARE Community Calling Service

Our CARE phone system provides the following monitoring features that check on latch key children. This service is provided by communities who have acquired our CARE phone system and offer this service.

  • Parent(s) enroll the child by contacting the CARE community organization
  • A phone number and calling time is selected by the parent
  • Emergency contact phone numbers / emails are provided
  • Days of the week are selected for calls
  • CARE phone system places calls per the subscriber's profile
  • If the call is not answered, CARE redials a designated number of attempts
  • CARE may require a positive acknowledgement by phone key
  • If there is no answer, CARE automatically sends messages to multiple contacts
  • An alert is sent to the CARE phone center
  • Parents and community coordinate communications based upon guidelines
  • Extensive online reports are available giving status of these calls

eCARE Online Registration

eCARE is an online service developed by DSC for community organizations or groups that wish to provide CARE services to their members. By creating an eCARE account, you can add one or more members to this account and manage individual schedules and call information as if you had your own CARE phone system. eCARE accounts are designed for groups who do not wish to purchase and maintain computers or lease phone lines. DSC does all of that for you.

You can create and manage a community organization eCARE account for free using our online registration process. With this account, you can enroll children and other community members using various different profiles including home alone children calls. Individual members of this community receive special discounts when enrolled through a single eCARE account.

Click on the Create eCARE Account link below.

Enter your organization's name, a valid email address along with your own password, and we will establish your eCARE account. eCARE can now be used as your primary calling program for seniors in your community or can be a backup to any other system that is currently making these calls. eCARE is a pay-as-you-go service and you only pay for the calls that we make.

CARE Program Demonstration

Our CARE phone reassurance program for latch key children can be managed online. The following is an example of how to use our CARE telephone Reassurance system.

This demonstration shows how a CARE latchkey child is added to our system for calling and how a CARE system administrator can monitor the ongoing operation of our phone reassurance system.

To view this demonstration, click the graphic above.

CARE Information

Contact DSC to learn more about our CARE latch key child services and phone systems.

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