Partnership Enables MSU's Employees and Students Access to's Family Care Options

Waltham, MA (March 23, 2011) -, Inc. ( the premier source of trustworthy family care options for children, for adults & seniors, pets and home & lifestyle, today announced a partnership with Michigan State University (MSU), that will enable faculty, staff, and students to have access to the leading online resource for families in need of care.

MSU affiliates will be able connect with local babysitters, nannies, special needs care, senior home care, pet sitters, tutors and housekeepers through a national network of trusted caregivers. Families in need of quality caregivers can search by ZIP code, service and pay rate to find high-quality care providers in their area.

Investing in family care support has been proven to lower operating costs while reducing employee absenteeism and improving "presenteeism." The U.S. Department of Labor says that child care resource and referral services can reduce employee absence due to child care by 40%. Additionally, Pfizer reports that each dollar spent by an employer to help with care giving has a payback to the employer of 2.5 to 5 times the investment. Services like ensure that employees have the care they need for their families so they can arrive at work focused and fully engaged. offers its members a variety of features, from articles and blogs to access to community groups where parents can connect with each other online for peer advice and the opportunity to connect off-line through groups and co-ops essential to modern-day parenting.

"We are thrilled to have Michigan State University as a partner, offering our program as a benefit to their employees," said Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder and CEO of "Their partnership is a testament to the value they place in their employees and their families needs. MSU joins organizations including a wide range of technology companies, educational institutions, professional services firms, and Fortune 500 companies who see the value in providing a trusted family care resource for their employees."

"We are very proud to be adding as a resource for our Michigan State employees," said Lori Strom, MSU Family Resource Center. "MSU places a high value on the welfare of our employees and their families. As an educational leader, we saw how could benefit our MSU community, and are already delighted with the overwhelming response we've heard."

At families can search mom-reviewed and prescreened profiles of hundreds of thousands of babysitters, nannies, tutors, housekeepers and senior caregivers, both locally and nationally. gives families access to detailed background check reports and recorded reference interviews, adding a layer of confidence and security when making important decisions regarding personal family care needs.

The introduction of's new "News and Views" page further enriches the experience, as members can find valuable features that relate to their specific care needs, including the essential, such as how-to guides for finding and hiring the right care provider to the helpful, such as the pay calculator. A variety of blogs from writers in the area of senior care to pet care to parenting address topical subjects that range from managing specific family care needs at various stages to all the bumps along the road.

About Michigan State University

Michigan State University has been advancing knowledge and transforming lives through innovative teaching, research and outreach for more than 150 years. MSU is known internationally as a major public university with global reach and extraordinary impact. Its 17 degree-granting colleges attract scholars worldwide who are interested in combining education with practical problem solving.

About, Inc.

Founded in 2006, 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 available based on detailed profiles, background checks and references for hundreds of thousands of mom-reviewed and pre-screened providers who seek to share their services. Through its Employer Program, corporations can offer memberships as a benefit to employees.

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