Child care

I have a sick nanny, now what?

It's a working parent's nightmare: your nanny just called in sick. You have to get to work, but what do you do with your kids? "Have a plan in mind before it happens,” advises Becky Kavanagh, co-president of the International Nanny Association and nanny of more than... more

What nannies or sitters need to know to assist kids with distance learning

Back-to-school season is in full swing, and it’s a whole new ball game. While plans vary by school districts and are based on local health authorities’ guidance, kids all over the U.S. are returning to distance or hybrid learning. In fact, 21 of the 25 biggest U.S. school... more

What to consider before allowing your nanny or sitter to bring their own child to work

Parents across the U.S. are facing an exacerbated child care crisis, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Care.com COVID-19 Child Care Survey, 63% of respondents who use day care say they are somewhat or very uncomfortable returning their children to day care as states reopen, and... more

Back-to-school 2020 resource guide for parents and caregivers

The back-to-school 2020 season is looking very different for families and caregivers, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There's a lot more to factor in for everyone's health and safety, and adapted school schedules and day care closures are adding logistical hurdles on top of the usual child care struggles we've... more

How to guides

Your place or mine? How to decide which family will 'host' your nanny share

Considering sharing a caregiver? Be sure to do your homework: Nanny shares and shared care arrangements may be subject to various licensing requirements or prohibited in certain states and jurisdictions. Research local laws and regulations. When you're setting up a nanny share, location is a key detail that you... more

How becoming a newborn care specialist can help you earn more on the job

If you’ve been looking to advance your caregiving skill set in order to be an even more appealing candidate to families with care needs, you might want to consider continuing education to become a Newborn Care Specialist (NCS). After undergoing special training, an NCS supports parents by assisting with sleep... more

How to guides

5 nanny share questions to ask when considering another family

Considering sharing a caregiver? Be sure to do your homework: Nanny shares and shared care arrangements may be subject to various licensing requirements or prohibited in certain states and jurisdictions. Research local laws and regulations. You’ve weighed and reweighed your various options for child care and have decided to go... more

New survey reveals high level of back-to-school anxiety for parents amid the pandemic

There is a high level of anxiety and unease for U.S. families as the new school year approaches, according to new data from the Care.com 2020 Back-to-School Survey. The survey, which was sent out to better understand how parents are feeling about school plans in their communities and... more