CARE.COM ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE PARTNERSHIP WITH NACCRRA
Waltham, MA-September, 22 2009-Today Care.com (http://www.care.com/), the premier source of trustworthy family care options, announced it is now the exclusive online caregiving referral partner of the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA). This new partnership will help both organizations achieve their mission-ensuring that America's families have access to high-quality care in their homes and at local child care centers.
As part of the relationship, NACCRRA will connect Care.com members to more than 700 of its local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) as an added component to the nationwide Care.com child care center search offering. These agencies assist families with searching for local child care centers, ensuring families in 99 percent of all populated U.S. ZIP codes have access to high-quality, affordable child care. Care.com members can now use the local CCR&Rs as added resources to help them find safe care options for their children.
Care.com is proud to also become a partner and champion of NACCRRA's Child Care Aware® Parent Network (http://www.ccaparentnetwork.org)/, a consumer education program that aims to bring child care issues to the forefront of American consciousness and raise the priority of children's issues.
In addition, Care.com released the first edition of the State of Care Index in collaboration with NACCRRA in July. This unique report is a quarterly snapshot of America's attitudes toward child care and senior care. Care.com plans to continue this partnership with further editions of the Index, leveraging NACCRRA's decades of child care research experience.
Care.com and NACCRRA will work in partnership to bring education and training opportunities to Care.com's hundreds of thousands of caregivers, supporting the organizations' joint mission of elevating the standards of child care available to families.
"I couldn't be happier to enter this relationship that supports our mission," said Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder and CEO of Care.com. "Care.com has always provided tools and resources to help families find the best possible in-home care for their children. Now with NACCRRA as our partner, we've given our members access to extra guidance they can use when looking for child care outside their homes."
"There are more than 14 million children under age 6 in need of child care because their parents work," said Linda K. Smith, Executive Director of NACCRRA. "Finding care, especially quality care, can be a daunting task for these parents. It is our hope that through this partnership we can connect more parents looking for quality child care outside of the home with the resources they need to find care that meets their needs and expectations."
Care.com helps families connect with local babysitters, nannies, special needs caregivers, senior home care, pet sitters, tutors and housekeepers through a national network of trusted caregivers. Families in need of trustworthy caregivers can search by ZIP code, service and salary to find high-quality care providers in their area.
As an added benefit to families in need of care, all caregiver profiles on Care.com are reviewed by a team of experienced moms and also include references and background checks. These measures provide families with extra layers of confidence and security when they make important decisions regarding their family care needs.
For more information on Care.com, visit http://www.care.com.
For more information on NACCRRA, visit http://www.naccrra.org.
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 www.care.com.
About NACCRRANACCRRA, the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, is our nation's leading voice for child care. We work with more than 700 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies nationwide. These agencies help ensure that families in 99 percent of all populated ZIP codes in the United States have access to high-quality, affordable child care. To achieve our mission, we lead projects that increase the quality and availability of child care professionals, undertake research, and advocate child care policies that positively impact the lives of children and families. To learn more about NACCRRA and how you can join us in ensuring access to high-quality child care for all families, visit us at www.naccrra.org.