One of the hidden hassles of being in a military family is figuring out what to do with your kids. It takes months, years even, to know a city well enough to ferret out the best day cares and baby sitters. But military families move, on average, every two to three years, making it very difficult for us to find quality, reliable childcare, so this announcement from Care.com should be one that is well-received:
Throughout the month of May, military families will be able to access all of Care.com’s services for free. This means that not only can military families use the service to find good childcare providers, but they can also use it to advertise themselves as care providers — a great way for some military spouses to pick up some extra money.
I recently met a representative from Care.com at the Milblogging Conference and learned a little from her about the new Military page of Care.com’s website. The military page is devote the unique family care needs of military families. Visitors can receive news, learn the stories of other military families, look for caregiving job opportunities and connect with local babysitters, nannies, special needs care, senior home care, pet sitters, tutors and housekeepers through a national network of caregivers.
Also, in honor of the Month of the Military Child, Care.com last month awarded military spouse Becky Palmer a check for over $12,000 to cover the cost of her family’s childcare for the next year. The prize was presented at Operation Shower: Red White and Coo, a dream baby shower for 40 military moms-to-be at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama.
Families in need of caregivers can search by ZIP code, service and pay rate to find high-quality care providers in their area. Care.com gives families access to detailed background check reports and recorded reference interviews, adding a layer of confidence and security when making important decisions regarding personal family care needs.
A personal testimony: My neighbor, a professional nanny and babysitter (yes, I hit the neighbor jackpot!), is listed on Care.com and I’m one of her references. I have talked on the phone with probably a dozen parents who were interested in hiring my neighbor and I’ve been very impressed with the service. If I didn’t already live next door to a professional babysitter, I would definitely use Care.com to help me find someone to watch my kids.

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