CARE.COM OFFERS FLEXIBLE JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Job seekers can search Care.com's database of nationwide postings for free this season.

Waltham, MA-December 17, 2009-Care.com (http://www.care.com/), the premier source of trustworthy care options for families, is helping provide job opportunities for hundreds of thousands of care providers nationwide as they search for pet sitting jobs, part-time child care positions, housekeeping and other flexible seasonal opportunities. This December, with the national rate of unemployment still in double figures (10 percent), more people are expected to search for seasonal or holiday job options this winter than ever before.

"During these tough economic times, we're trying to support job seekers by providing them with easy access to local jobs," said Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder and CEO of Care.com. "Throughout the holidays, there is a large demand for pet sitters, housekeepers, babysitters and other service providers. Care.com makes it easy for potential care providers to search and apply for these employment opportunities in their own local area."

An estimated 60 million Americans will travel during the holiday season for vacation or to visit relatives and friends. This causes a huge shift in the care needs of many families, especially among pet-owning households. Nearly 60 percent of U.S. families own one or more pets. Care.com reports a 30 percent increase in the demand for pet care during November and December. This means experienced pet sitters and other animal care providers are in high demand to make regular in-home visits to care for dogs, cats and other pets while pet owners travel during the holidays.

As families across the country prepare to celebrate the season, December is also a high point of the year for demand for services from personal shoppers, gift-wrappers, party planners, and housekeepers. Care.com helps job seekers looking to share their talents and skills by allowing them to list their services, search for local job postings, respond to employment opportunities and connect with local employers free of charge. The service, which is the largest and fastest-growing website of its kind, provides these care providers with an easy-to-use, safe environment for finding flexible job opportunities.

With holiday parties and the New Year on the horizon, parents also need to find babysitters to care for their children, especially during the weekends and evenings. Care.com reports an increase of over 400 percent in the demand for babysitters on New Year's Eve alone versus a typical weekend. Care providers looking for babysitting jobs can list their services for the holidays on Care.com, as well as find last-minute child care jobs through the exclusive Care-on-Call service.

Care.com helps connect babysitters, nannies, special needs caregivers, senior home caregivers, pet sitters, tutors and housekeepers with care-seeking families nationwide. Care providers looking for job opportunities can search job posts for free by ZIP code and service.

As an added benefit for care-seeking families and job-seeking care providers, caregiver profiles include references and background checks, and a team of experienced moms reviews all caregiver profiles before listing them online. These measures provide families with extra layers of confidence and security when they make important decisions regarding their family care needs.

About 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/.