CARE.COM LAUNCHES NEW WAY TO CHECK REFERENCES OF BABYSITTERS, NANNIES AND MORE
With Recorded References, a Reference Check is Just a Click Away
Waltham, MA--April 25, 2008-- Care.com, the premier source of trustworthy family care options, today announced a new enhancement for checking references of babysitters, nannies, senior care providers, pet sitters and more. Care.com has launched recorded references, a feature that enables families in search of care to check references more efficiently, by listening to them directly through the Care.com website.
The new enhancement enables caregivers to submit former employers and other references, who then participate in voluntary recorded phone interviews. The interview addresses the experience and capabilities of the caregiver--allowing families seeking care to then listen to the recorded reference as part of the Care.com caregiver's profile. Through streaming audio, parents now have the ability to review references of babysitters, nannies, and other caregivers directly through Care.com.
The new feature is a welcome addition for the thousands of families already using Care.com to find child care, tutoring, senior care, pet care and housekeeping. Reference checks are a critical step often overlooked by families when hiring a new caregiver. Reviewing babysitter references and caregiver references enables the person seeking care to properly evaluate how the caregiver thinks, acts, and performs on the job.
"We are excited about the addition of recorded references to Care.com," said Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder and CEO of Care.com. "As a parent, it is so important to feel a level of comfort with someone that you are inviting into your home. This feature makes the process of reviewing babysitter references and caregiver references much more efficient for families in search of care, but it still emphasizes the importance of fully evaluating a caregiver."
In addition to recorded references, Care.com provides additional tools to give families added peace of mind when evaluating caregivers. All profiles are reviewed by a team of experienced moms prior to being listed on Care.com, and members have the ability to post ratings for caregivers that they have had experience with. Additionally, premium members have access to unlimited free background checks.
Launched in May 2007, Care.com connects people seeking qualified caregivers with a national network of trusted providers. With local search options currently available in more than 40 major cities across the United States, Care.com's online marketplace provides a network of care providers in areas including child care, tutoring, senior care, pet care and housekeeping.
For more information on Care.com's services, visit http://www.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 www.care.com.