Creative Child Care Options -the Cooperative
Babysitting Cooperative: Child-Care Choices Guide By Laura Stavoe Harm
If you ever watched your neighbor's kids and then she returned the favor by watching yours, you've participated in the most rudimentary form of the babysitting co-op. This type of child care is generally used for occasional babysitting, although some full-time child care cooperatives have emerged using a cooperative business model. Parents in a neighborhood get together and design a simple system (usually using points or coupons) by which they will exchange babysitting hours and keep records so that every family can benefit from the co-op and parents have numerous people to call on when the need arises.
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"Set a maximum number of members. In some cases co-ops may become so large and impersonal that families don't know one another and regularly only use the same few parents. If this happens it's probably time to break the big co-op into smaller ones, which allows people to know and be comfortable with one another."
-"How to Create a Neighborhood Babysitting Cooperative" (The W.K. Kellogg Foundation)
Babysitting Co-Op Sample Resources
Welcome to the Billerica Babysitting Co-op Homepage. Following is information you will need if you are considering joining: