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.
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)
Webinar slides can be downloaded here.
Additional resources for starting a babysitting co-op:
Online tools for organizing and tracking babysitting co-ops: