Note: This is a Guest Post written by the Founder of CareLuLU.com
By Evgeniya (Jen) Usmanova, Co-founder & Mom-in-Chief at CareLuLu
Whether you’re a full-time working parent or a stay-at-home parent, at one point or another you will need child care. And if you’ve already searched for daycare in the past, then you know just how stressful it can be. It isn’t all that surprising given that you’re entrusting your child to another person, often a total stranger. So where do you look for trusted caregivers?
Often, the challenge is simply not knowing where to look. Many turn to Google, or friends living in the area, but every family is different and has its own needs, whether it’s budget, location, hours or some other specific service needed for the child.
When I decided to return to work after being a stay-at-home mom, I too had to find child care for my 2 daughters. Without family around, I expected to find a website to help me with my search, but all I found were basic directories with a list of centers nearby. With little information available online, I ended up calling dozens of places asking the same questions, over and over again. After visiting 16 daycares, my husband and I finally settled on the one!
Realizing that finding the right child care was difficult for most families, we decided to create a website to help. We created CareLuLu to be the easiest way for parents to find a daycare, preschool, and before & after school care specific to your needs. At CareLuLu, we do the homework for you! We ask child care providers all the questions parents want to know and enable you to do a personalized search to quickly identify programs that offer the services you’re looking for.
We unveiled our service last August in the Washington DC area and had remarkable results, helping connect parents and child care providers who were not online before. After moving to the Triangle area, now voted number one by Forbes.com for raising a family, it seemed perfect for us to introduce our full service to parents here.
So how can you, a Chapel Hill mom or dad benefit? Perhaps you’re only interested in accredited schools? Or are looking for part-time care? Or maybe you need facilities to be peanut-free because your child is allergic? No need to call dozens of centers asking the same questions over and over again, simply select the appropriate search filters on CareLuLu.com for “accredited,” “part-time” or “peanut-free” and you will see only those programs that fit your needs. There are nearly 40 filters to choose from!
With CareLuLu, you can avoid the hassle of searching through dozens of websites or spending hours on the phone in search of child care. You can find all the information in one place, including tuition, photos and verified reviews by other parents. It’s also very easy to compare the schools you like, contact them and book a tour. Most importantly, we make sure to list only licensed providers, to make sure that the safety and caregiver’s training meet the standards. Being licensed indicates that the child care provider has received proper training and operates in a safe environment that undergoes regular unannounced government inspections.
If you’ll be needing child care or preschool, check out CareLuLu to save you time and headache. If your kids are already in day care, please do other parents a favor by sharing this fantastic free resource with them! And if you love your child care provider, let them know that they can create a free profile on CareLuLu (and be sure to leave them a review!)
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