Is an after-school child care job right for you?

Enter a caption... With so many busy working parents out there, there is a real need for after-school child care. This type of care can fill the several hour time gap between school getting out and parent(s) getting off work. Turns out, it can also provide a great job... more

How much should I charge for an after-school child care gig?

Before you head into an interview for an after-school nanny or babysitter job, it's important to put some time and research into pay rates. The more you know about the going rates for your area and the job at hand, the better off you'll be when it's time to negotiate on... more

Stay-at-home guidelines by state for families and caregivers

Federal, state and local governments are quickly adopting new guidelines to try to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. In some states, governors have now gone as far as to issue “stay-at-home” (sometimes called shelter-in-place) mandates for all citizens. These are the strictest restrictions to date, and as a parent or... more

When and how Black caregivers should discuss race and racism with a white family

The recent killing of George Floyd sparked a necessary conversation about Black Lives Matter, and, unlike previous times, it’s not stopping. The dialogue is growing and evolving, and that means the topic of race and racial bias, especially for Black people, is permeating every arena of our lives. For Black... more

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Babysitter pay rates: What's the going rate for a babysitter?

According to’s 2020 Cost of Care Survey, which used payment data from over 3,800 parents across the country, they paid after-school sitters an average of $243 per week. After-school sitters made an average of $16.20 per hour, working about three hours a day, or a total of 15... more

How to guides

How much should I charge for child care?

Are you considering starting a career in child care but you’re not sure what you should charge? Or maybe you’ve been a child care provider for awhile and feel like you should be making more? Asking for a lower rate may land you the new job, but (of course) you... more

A love letter to my kids’ babysitter (You are missed.)

Oh, babysitters. How do we love thee? Let us count the ways. Well, for one, you’re always bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and ready to hang out with our kids when we’re at our rope’s end because we were up with them 564 times — again! — the night before. But, of course... more

9 apps to make work life easier for nannies and sitters

From tracking nap schedules and organizing playtime to prepping lunches, you’re accustomed to multitasking as a nanny or babysitter. Luckily, new technology can make your job a lot easier, especially if you have a smartphone. “It doesn’t matter what age the kids are,” says Rachelle Gershkovich, sleep coach and... more