Childcare is hard to find in many areas, and the information available is not always consistent, updated, or correct. Although there may be the government or nonprofit programs which can subsidize the cost of childcare, not every family can utilize that opportunity or qualify for assistance. Creating affordable pathways to childcare services is a much-needed service that takes many organizations and communities working on it to have a significant breakthrough for the next generation.
Many websites have childcare services as a shared or paid service, but the reviews and information about the providers may be lacking detail, not updated, or not clear. Some information is even missing or outdated from government websites that list certifications and licenses of providers. Many communities don’t even know what they have in terms of childcare resources available to them, or where their providers are listed online.
Providers have many profiles to manage, especially if they are contract, individual, home providers, or babysitters. They may be listed on service sites as well as care networks, and they may have reviews spread out online that they want parents to read. Additionally, most providers are always looking for a way to improve their centers, but field trips can be expensive, as can updating toys or special equipment.
Corporate teams and service industry businesses alike struggle with drop-in care needs. and they don’t always have the infrastructure built into their human resource department or business staff to share childcare resources. They may have a small team or budget and not need many resources, so an affordable employee benefits program is something they may need, especially if it makes a direct, visible impact on their business (attendance, return on investment).
The solution presented by the creation of this app is an incentivized, crowd-sourcing way to get information about the childcare opportunities in all types of communities. The users of this app are given incremental amounts of in-app coins to contribute to the database, and then can be paid in cash or prizes from the marketplace.
This is a different approach than what exists because we incentivize users and specialize in childcare centered organizations, gathering all the information a parent would need to find accurate information and reviews about providers.
By having an open app that allows all types of users to gather information about care providers in their areas, new information about daycare providers, babysitters, and au pairs can be collected. The information could be where they watch children, how many openings they have, their license numbers, and other information that may only be able to be viewed on premium sites or with intense research by the parent looking to hire. This app works like a directory, or one-stop-shop, with links to all the other care provider networks that this person or organization is listed on so you can see their reviews and other profile information. This blue ocean strategic partnership allows us to work with other care networks, not against them, to build a community around the information that is being shared about these providers online.
Families that have two working parents juggle sick kids and pickups or find care based on affordability, sometimes sacrificing the extras offered at bigger or more popular centers. They’ll still have access to the existing big care networks that have been around for a long time, but parents searching for providers will spend far less time digging to find the information they need to feel safe and secure in their decision to hire.