CHICAGO, Oct. 22 Sittercity Inc, America's first and largest online source for connecting parents and sitters has partnered with Bright Horizons Family Solutions, the world's leading provider of employer-sponsored child care, back-up care, education, and work/life solutions to create a program that allows employers to offer their employees access to Sittercity as part of their work/life benefits package.
Sittercity's Corporate Program provides employees with access to individual in-home caregivers, babysitters, nannies, elder care providers, dog walkers and more. Sittercity offers more than one million in-depth caregiver profiles showcasing some of the nation's best sitters with reviews from users, references, background checks and more. This web-based benefit uses powerful matching technology to help employees find and select the ideal everyday caregivers for their families.
Through the partnership, Bright Horizons has added Sittercity's Corporate Program to the array of solutions it offers clients including worksite child care centers, back-up child and elder care, and work/life consulting for employers in the U.S., Europe and Canada.
"Sittercity.com is a great way for parents to connect with babysitters, pet sitters and even house sitters. Their service is in keeping with the kinds of creative solutions we work to develop for employers and we look forward to working with them," states Bright Horizons CEO Dave Lissy.
A key feature of the partnership is associated with the Bright Horizons Back-Up Care Advantage: Crisis Care Assist program, which was launched to assist employers during emergent crisis situations that significantly affect the availability of care for employees' loved ones. Crisis Care Assist is a rapid response program designed to support families and employers affected by natural disasters and health emergencies such as the current H1N1 national health alert. The program provides employees with a benefit that enables them to a) access a nationwide network of child care centers and in-home care providers; and/or b) secure payment for care they arrange within their family or existing social network. Crisis Care Assist is augmented through Sittercity as employees are given access to more than one million Sittercity caregivers for the duration of the program.
Sittercity founder and CEO Genevieve Thiers adds, "We are thrilled to have partnered with Bright Horizons and we look forward to working together on a number of new initiatives to help families across America find the right care for their loved ones."
Bright Horizons, operates nearly 700 child care and early education centers, and has more than 800 clients worldwide, including more than 120 of the FORTUNE 500 and more than 80 of the "Best Companies to Work for in America" as designated by Working Mother magazine. Sittercity's Corporate Program serves a number of marquee clients across the United States, including the U.S. Department of Defense, Mastercard, Avon FOX Networks, Amgen, Monster Worldwide, Pitney Bowes and many more.
Sittercity.com(R), the inventor of online caregiving, is America's largest and most trusted online source for child care, pet care, senior care, house-sitting, housekeeping and tutoring. As the industry leader in online care, Sittercity has a network of more than a million caregiver profiles nationwide, and helps families and individuals across America find the perfect in-home care provider quickly, easily and safely. Sittercity's care-seekers can use the company's four-step screening process, which includes checking references, reading caregiver reviews, conducting interviews and utilizing free access to background checks. Sitter profiles also come with photos, experience, training, safety skills, availability calendars, reviews and more. For more information, visit the company Web site at http://www.sittercity.com.
About Bright Horizons Family Solutions
Bright Horizons Family Solutions (www.brighthorizons.com) is the world's leading provider of employer-sponsored child care, back-up care, early education, and work/life solutions. The company operates more than 700 child care and early education centers across the U.S., in Europe, and Canada, including more than 80 dedicated back-up child care centers and more than 45 back-up care programs within full-service child care centers. Bright Horizons was recently named one of FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For in America" for the tenth time.