First Steps Network bridges the gap between parents and sitters

By CHAMBLYN DUDLEY

If you have experienced babysitting and are interested in supplementing your income, there may be a more efficient way for you to find families who need your help. Care.com and other national online child-care services are not the answer.

Andrea Kahr, First Steps Nanny and student at Georgia State University was referred to the First Steps in Atlanta after struggling to find a good babysitting job using the more nationally known websites. Like many full time college students, she desperately needed to find a way to earn a living without interfering with her school schedule.

“First Steps gives me the freedom to choose jobs while on the go according to my preference and availability,” she said.

Kahr is one of the over 450 babysitters in the First Steps Network who receive job listings via email from founder and director of the program, Quinn Fordham.

Quinn Fordham, Founder of First Steps Network, Atlanta. Photo by Quinn Fordham
Quinn Fordham, Founder of First Steps Network, Atlanta. Photo by Quinn Fordham

“We are filling a void in the child-care industry that exists between national online services and small boutique agencies,” said Fordham.

Fordham’s goal is to make it easier for Atlanta parents and sitters to connect.

Both families and sitters meet with Fordham personally and go through an extensive background check before becoming members of the network.

Parents can find sitters at the last minute who are experienced, professional, and meet all of their child-care needs.

Sitters receive jobs via email and a quick response is all that’s required to accept.

Kahr now works for multiple parents in the network and says she has established more lasting relationships with families through First Steps than any other child-care service.

Fordham says you can also look forward to the next steps for the network, which includes establishing a continuing education program for sitters and nannies.

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