Sittercity is an online service that connects its members with in-home care. Its services include babysitting, pet sitting, housekeeping and tutoring. Also, the Department of Defense has contracted with the service to fund free memberships for all military families. Customers review sittercity positively for providing guaranteed background checks and reliable information regarding its caregivers.
Sittercity.com is America's largest and most trusted site for matching parents with local babysitters and nannies as well as dog walkers, senior care providers and tutors, with over a million caregiver profiles nationwide. Parents looking for sitters can use the four-step screening process, which includes checking references, reading caregiver reviews, conducting interviews and utilizing free access to background checks to find the perfect match for their family. Enter your ZIP code to see how many sitters are right in your own backyard.
When we launched in 2001 and created the world of online caregiving, we didn't have quite as many caregivers as we do now. So how did we get from there to here?
Before she became Sittercity's founder and CEO, Genevieve Thiers was your typical neighborhood babysitter: enthusiastic, fun and a pro at changing diapers. (Hey, when you're the oldest of seven children, it's hard not to be!) She babysat for her own brothers and sisters, neighbors and 30 other families while in college, but Genevieve hadn't thought about turning her passion into a career — until a pregnant stranger changed everything.
SITTERCITY: THE IDEA IS BORN
One day, from her dorm room window, Genevieve saw a very pregnant woman slowly climbing the many steps to Boston College's upper campus to post flyers for a babysitting job. Horrified, she sent the mother-to-be home and posted the flyers herself. While papering the university, Genevieve had an epiphany: What if there was one central place where parents could meet all the sitters in a city? And with this, Sittercity was born.
Armed with 20,000 flyers, Genevieve hand-delivered the Sittercity message to major Boston-area colleges. Not only did she find herself with an unprecedented amount of blisters, she also found 600 eager babysitters in the first three weeks. Parents immediately signed up and Sittercity quickly spread from city to city as parents and sitters kept joining in search of the perfect match.
Sittercity now has over a million caregiver profiles nationwide, with sitters in every city across the county - a far cry from those early days! In addition to babysitters and nannies, Sittercity also provides dog walkers, senior care providers and tutors. Care seekers can access Sittercity's vast network of caregivers two ways, through individual memberships or as an employee benefit through their employer.