Not Every Parent Can Be Home With Their Kids During COVID-19—Here’s How to Find Child Care & Limit Exposure

Hannah and Rioghna Pittock were inspired to start the service when their mother, who runs a residency program at the Mayo Clinic, mentioned her concern that the hospital would lose workers. “[My mom] was concerned they would be understaffed if schools closed and there wasn’t child care available,” explains Hannah, who is a senior at the University of Chicago. “When Rioghna and my mom picked my brother and I up from college, we started brainstorming in the car. We built the form and social media on the drive home.”

At present, Step Up To Sit has matched numerous families with child care providers and has spread to metro areas around the country.

In Seattle, another initiative, HomeCare Pods by Weekdays, a technology company that matches parents with child care, launched March 13 in response to school closures and increased demand. “My company Weekdays helps women start and run their own in-home child care program,” explains founder Shauna Causey. “So, we were well-positioned to help during this time and were able to shift our resources during COVID-19 to support the community. Due to the rapid child care crisis created by the COVID-19 outbreak, we’re offering the matching service at no cost to families who need support.” HomeCare Pods limits the number of children receiving care to three per pod.

Teresa Nehls, a Seattle-area nurse and mother of two, says uses HomeCare Pods for child care coverage. “It’s been difficult because my husband still needs to go to work as he works in the airline industry,” explains Nehls, who is an ICU nurse. “I work nights and sleep during the day. Typically, my husband is at home at night, so he can attend to our kids then. But, it’s been difficult because normally our kids are in school during the hours that I get some rest before heading into work.”

How Can Parents Diminish Risk From Group Child Care?

If you’re one of the many families who rely on child care even in times of crisis—like the COVID-19 outbreak—there are a few steps you can take to help minimize the risk of transmission.

1. Wash your hands.

Even world leaders are reminding people to wash their hands—this vital step can minimize exposure. Using soap and water for at least 20 seconds as often as you can is the frontline of defense against COVID-19 transmission.

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