CARE.COM LAUNCHES CARE EXCHANGE TO HELP FAMILIES SAVE ON CHILD CARE AND PET CARE
Waltham, MA--March 23, 2009--Care.com (http://www.care.com/), the premier source of trustworthy family care options, today announced the launch of Care Exchange, a new resource for Care.com members to exchange care services for free with one another. Care Exchange is a simple way for families to save on child care and pet care by setting up one-on-one babysitting and pet sitting co-ops with other families in their area.
The first nationwide online service of its kind, Care Exchange allows Care.com members to post an ad specifying the type of care they need. Members can indicate their specific child or pet care needs, including their care preferences and a description of their ideal partner family or pet owner. In turn, other Care.com members can search through Care Exchange ads by zip code to see profiles of local families and find other members with similar needs.
The Care Exchange scheduling tool makes it easy for families and individuals to designate the dates and times they need child care or pet care, making the process of finding an appropriate match more efficient. Additionally, families can include detailed descriptions about their family and pets, hobbies and interests and any special needs to help other families find the right match.
"A poll of Care.com members showed that 35% of families expect they will need to cut back on child care expenses this year" said Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder and CEO of Care.com. "Care Exchange helps families to save money by teaming up with others in their area who have similar needs. Even if it's only for a day or two a week, Care Exchange is a great way to meet up with local moms, dads and pet owners and to provide each other with caregiving relief!"
Early response from Care.com members across the United States to the Care Exchange offering has been overwhelmingly positive, calling the service "excellent" and a "great idea" while saying they would "love to do this."
Care.com helps families find babysitters, nannies, pet sitters and more through a national network of trusted caregivers. All caregiver profiles and Care Exchange proposals are reviewed by experienced moms, providing users an added layer of confidence and security when making important decisions regarding family care needs.
For more information on Care.com, visit http://www.care.com/.
Founded in 2006, Care.com is the largest and fastest growing service used by families to find high-quality caregivers, providing a trusted place to easily connect, share caregiving experiences and get advice. The company addresses the unique lifecycle of care needs that each family goes through-child care, special needs care, tutoring and lessons, senior care, pet care, housekeeping and more. The service helps families find and select the best care possible based on detailed profiles, background checks and references for hundreds of thousands of mom-reviewed providers who seek to share their services. Through its Care.com for Recruiters service, Care.com also enables companies to find high-quality caregiving employees. For more information, visit http://www.care.com/.