covid child care

Beginning March 25, 2020, Nanny Parent Connection is offering all Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers that live or work in King, Snohomish, or Pierce counties FREE ACCESS AND HELP to connect with professional nannies to provide care for their children.

Due to the current coronavirus crisis, thousands of nannies across our region have been laid off or have seen their hours significantly reduced as schools close and parents begin working from home. Many of these professional nannies are unable to access government provided resources like unemployment, paid sick leave, etc. and are scrambling to find work to support themselves and their families.

While there are several crisis child care options available to Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers, we understand that as this crisis continues to grow, many may become uncomfortable sending their children to “group style” child care settings. We also appreciate that children with special needs may require “one on one” child care from experienced child care providers. On top of this, for those “essential” employees working the night shift, there are very few child care options currently available – many of the nannies in our community can provide “overnight” child care.

Nanny Parent Connection is a family owned business located in Seattle, WA. We have been connecting families with experienced nannies, babysitters and au pairs for the past five years. We have over 10,000 care providers in our community and our service area covers most of the Puget Sound area.

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Step #1

Is Your Family Eligible?

Any Essential Critical Infrastructure Worker who lives or works in King, Snohomish, or Pierce counties and who is in urgent need of child care because of the COVID-19 crisis is eligible for this service.

Step #2:

Sign Up

Nanny Parent Connection is waiving our normal membership fees to provide this service to Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers FREE of charge. Simply click the Get Started button below to sign up. You will have access to all of our resources through April 30, 2020. Please note that you will be responsible for paying the care provider directly although we are working to build a community fund to help offset these child care costs.

Step #3:

Get Connected

Once you have signed up, you will receive an email with instructions on how to connect with nannies in our community. We have extended our normal business hours to ensure we can immediately help any families that need help.

Frequently Asked Questions
What is an Essential Critical Infrastructure Worker? Am I one?

With Governor Inslee’s March 23, 2020 announcement of his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, an Essential Critical Infrastructure Worker is defined as any worker who is needed to maintain continuity of operations of essential critical infrastructure sectors. This includes but is not limited to: physicians, nurses, hospital and laboratory personnel, firefighters, law enforcement, EMTs, military, plumbers, electricians, grocery workers, etc. For a complete list, click here.

If I use this service, am I responsible for paying the nanny for child care?

Yes, at this time, Nanny Parent Connection is unable to subsidize the cost of child care for Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers. We are working with strategic partners in the community to build a fund which will be used to offset these child care costs but as of now, that fund is not currently available. More information will be published on this page soon.

I’ve never hired a nanny before. How much do they charge per hour?

First, as soon as you have completed the sign up process, please visit our Library. We provide a wealth of information about working with a nanny. Second, check out our member generated pay rate surveys here for current pay rates in our region. Generally, nannies charge around $20/hour for one child, $23/hour for two children, and $28/hour for three children in our region but we will work with you to find a provider that fits your budget.

I’ve never employed a nanny before. How does it work?

Don’t worry. We will walk you through the process of hiring and employing a nanny once you have contacted us.

Have all of the nannies in your community been vetted?

Most have but not all. Once you have found a candidate you would like to hire, our team will work with you to ensure they are vetted.

You mentioned resources above. What resources does Nanny Parent Connection offer?

First, access to hundreds of nannies that are desperate to provide child care during these tough times. Our #1 goal is helping Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers connect with these nannies.

We also have our Last Minute Care and Verified Care Provider systems online and available. You are welcome to use either of these as they are excellent tools for finding child care fast (within a few minutes) if you are urgently called into work due to an emergency. We have hundreds of nannies signed up to receive text message alerts when a family needs immediate child care.

Also, check out our CareCalendar. This is a wonderful tool if you just need temporary child care for a few hours or days in the next week or so. You can browse available nannies or post your own CareCalendar “event”.

Finally, our team is all hands on deck right now. We can work with you to find a candidate, check their references, review their background check, and discuss any questions you might have.

How long will I have access to the community and tools on the website?

Currently, you will have access through April 30, 2020. In the coming weeks, our team will assess the situation and possibly extend this for several more weeks or months.

Questions? We are here to help!

(425) 243-7032

Call or text us anytime. We have extended our hours to ensure we are available when you need us.