Combining cultural exchange and live-in childcare assistance, Au Pair in America is continually evolving to meet the needs of families—and building on the experience of more than 110,000 au pairs who have been placed nationwide since 1986. Au Pair in America is a division of the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), a leader in the educational and cultural exchange arena.
Knowing that not all families need or can afford full-time childcare, West Coast-based Brella offers full-time, part-time and on-demand care, preschool and camp for children 3 months to 12 years old. They’ve created a flexible new childcare model that is customizable to family needs without long-term contracts—families pay only for what they use. A mobile app manages safe pick-ups and childcare schedules and their full-service approach can include family meals or a trip to the store for diapers.
A traditional, 30-year-old resource that is adapting to a changing workplace, Bright Horizons provides nationwide caregiving along with early education and preschool at workplaces or in nearby centers. The company provides holistic family support through back-up care—and connections to eldercare, petcare, tutoring and housekeeping resources.
Knowing that nearly 90% of working parents are struggling with both home and work obligations during the pandemic, two working moms created Flexable’s on-demand virtual childcare to help fill in childcare gaps so parents can work without interruptions. They can free parents up for last-minute meetings by providing one-on-one or group care for children ages 3 to 10 coast to coast.
KinderCare Education, the largest private provider of early childhood and school-age education and care, is one of the only nationwide early childhood education companies that continued operating throughout the pandemic. As families navigate the complexities of this back-to-school season, the company has, for example, modified their programs to partner with elementary schools across the country to create before and after-school programs, as well as part-time or full-day programming in or near schools; trained teachers to support students as they learn online; and created distance learning programs in learning pods from Kindergarten to 12th grade.
Kunik, started by two former finance professionals, supports working parents through an online community of peers and colleagues who are guided by a network of certified experts. Parents receive coaching, practical tools and the emotional support they need to integrate home, work and family. A Covid Care program helps managers lead remote teams with empathy and targeted support, and the company also provides learning pod matching and support.
Learning Care Group is the second-largest for-profit childcare provider in North America and a leader in early education for children aged 6 weeks to 12 years. They operate more than 900 schools across the country and around the world, including La Petite Academy, Childtime, Tutor Time, The Children’s Courtyard, Montessori Unlimited, Everbrook Academy, Creative Kids and Pathways brands that operate both independently and at workplaces. During the pandemic the company has expanded their flexible options in distance learning support and emergency childcare.
In Massachusetts, one of 28 states where childcare costs exceed college tuition, NeighborSchools is on a mission to create a more equitable childcare system for both providers and parents. The company helps experienced educators launch and operate licensed home-based childcare programs that empower them to generate incomes matching their valuable contributions to education. NeighborSchool’s software platform then helps parents find these significantly more affordable childcare providers in their local neighborhoods.
Serving all regions in the U.S., Selected offers professional, qualified teachers to serve the education and enrichment needs of individual families and learning pods. Support services help families set up and operationalize learning pods, including needs assessment and interviewing support. They draw from a diverse group of virtual and in-person teachers who are experts in childhood education and have worked at leading public and private schools.
SitterStream offers on-demand virtual babysitting and tutoring, which helps parents as they plan ahead or need last-minute coverage for as little as 30 minutes. All tutors and babysitters are personally matched to families by the SitterStream team—and their sweet spot is children ages 3 to 11.
Through an on-demand app, Sittercity matches parent needs nationwide with local in-home or virtual caregiver skills and schedules, provides online references and reviews, and allows instant booking. Parents can schedule at the last minute, fill gaps in after-school or evening care, and hire on an extended part-time or full-time basis.
For 40 years Sylvan Learning has been a leader in tutoring for K-12 students in all core subjects, and they continually adapt to educational trends such as coding, robotics and engineering. During the pandemic the company has expanded their offerings to full and half-day online and in center support for remote learning.
The Institute for Families and Nannies is a non-profit organization that supports the highest quality childcare by creating optimal employer-employee relationships. The organization created the first U.S. certification program for nannies, launching in the state of California. Their educational resources help parents learn nanny market demographics, where to recruit, standard job descriptions, legal responsibilities as an employer, current market rates, benefits and required health/safety and background checks—to ensure parents hire responsibly and with due diligence.
Available in 60 cities, UrbanSitter’s app connects parents to a local network so they can hire the providers most trusted by their local community of parent-friends and neighbors. Parents use the resource to find sitters for their caregiving pods, tutors for distance learning, or full-time nannies. The app helps parents plan ahead or request last-minute childcare with a response time of three minutes or less.
New York City-based Vivvi is an education and childcare company that has created a flexible model to fit busy parent schedules. They have two on campuses in Manhattan for infants through pre-school children, and in other areas of the country they also provide teachers who work in private homes for learning pods or individual students who need tutoring or remote school support.
With a global footprint, Wana is enabling cooperative childcare during the pandemic. Parents take turns babysitting for each other’s children, and through the company’s Komae app they swap “Komae Points” as a way to manage and coordinate equitable care for their children within a trusted network. The app can be used to coordinate the rotation of care days and communicate needs—and avoids paying babysitters.
Weecare was founded by a team of educators, preschool owners, and technology innovators with a mission to make affordable, world-class daycares accessible to all families. They empower individuals, especially women, by helping them start and operate their own daycare business. The company’s affiliates provide childcare in major metropolitan regions throughout the U.S., and their app helps parents search, tour and enroll in daycare facilities near their homes.
In most major metropolitan areas, Weekdays helps parents find and join neighborhood micro-schools, providing safe, small-group learning for infants, preschoolers, and elementary age students. Each micro-school has up to three children during the pandemic, and the company’s mission is to provide support for in-home childcare and education that brings communities together.
Winnie is a marketplace for childcare built on powerful data systems and backed by a trusted community of parents and providers. Parents use Winnie to find high-quality local daycares and preschools via aggregated data from 150,000 childcare centers across 7,000 US cities, and filters for availability, location, hours of operation, and children’s ages. Winnie was started in 2016 by tech veterans and working moms who were frustrated with the long search to find childcare for their young children.