WEBINAR: How to Start a Babysitting Co-op

May 23, 2013

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Childcare doesn't have to be frustrating or expensive.

Why not start a babysitting co-op in your neighborhood? Watch this webinar to learn how!

In a babysitting cooperative, neighborhood parents join together to share childcare. Instead of hunting for a babysitter every time you need to go out (and paying too much money!), you can rely on trusted mothers and fathers in your co-op network.

Since co-op members trade time and take turns watching each others' kids, no money is exchanged. At the same time, a babysitting co-op strengthens community ties: Parents gain a reliable support system in their neighborhood, and kids gain regular playmates!

In June 2013, New Dream presented the webinar How to Start a Babysitting Co-op. Topics included different types of babysitting co-ops, how they work, and tips on how to successfully start your own co-op from scratch.

Guest speakers:

  • Renai Gallagher (Albuquerque, NM): Gallagher started up a babysitting co-op almost 6 years ago when her son was a year old. Her co-op now includes about 15 families in her neighborhood.
  • Julie Holland (Berkeley, CA): Holland decided to start a babysitting co-op in 2010. Through the co-op arrangement, she was able to afford childcare for her young daughter and attend classes at the same time.

Click here to watch a recording of the webinar. Hear Gallagher and Holland share their experiences and answer questions about how you can get a babysitting co-op going in your own neighborhood! (Video length: Approx. 1 hour)

Additional resources for starting a babysitting co-op:

Online tools for organizing and tracking babysitting co-ops: