Are unemployment benefits or lack of affordable child care options keeping parents home?

As things open back up, employers are struggling to fill positions. Is this because people don’t want to come off unemployment benefits or because parents are unable to find child care that fits? 


Tens of thousands of child care facilities across the country have shut down due to the pandemic. Covid-19 rendered most child care facilities empty. Unlike schools, licensed child care facilities are business entities, either operating from a provider’s home or from a commercial center. Licensed child care providers are considered essential workers; however, most parents no longer needed child care services as they were either laid off or got to work from home. Most facilities were not able to offer online programs, with their younger children, and had no means of staying afloat. 

Those providers who did manage to weather the Covid storm, have spots open now, but most parents are not looking for full-time child care. Parents who are working from home or in a hybrid model, don’t need or want to pay $300-$400 a week for full-time care. Licensed child care providers have traditionally offered weekly contracted care for standard work hours to accommodate parents, Covid has changed everything. Parents only need a few days of care a week or a few hours a day. As more and more companies adopt post pandemic policies to include the hybrid work week model, the demand for part-time child care will spike. This means 1 weekly spot could be split-up between multiple children, allowing child care facilities to accommodate more children at their facilities for a higher daily or hourly rate then they would normally charge. 

Parents will flock to child care facilities that are offering part-time, daily, and hourly schedules. The Daycare Owl platform allows child care facilities to segment their time into hourly, daily, part-time, and full-time spots. Economy of scale keeps hourly rates low on the platform. In the San Francisco, CA area, (where child care rates average $25/hr) the average hourly rate at licensed daycares on Daycare Owl was below $10/hr.

Businesses are struggling to bring employees back. Unemployment benefits, coupled with the child care credit, no overhead cost of child care, and more time with their families, why would parents be in a rush to go back to work? Unemployment benefits will run out, the future of the child care credit is unknown. Take advantage of it now. $300 a week may not be enough for a full-time contracted child care, but it is enough for a few hours of care a week or a few days of care a week. 

About Daycare Owl 

The Daycare Owl platform allows licensed facilities to segment their weekly spots into recurring part-time, daily, or hourly spots. Parents use Daycare Owl search and book full-time and flexible care. Daycare Owl is free to register for licensed facilities. Daycare Owl is free for parents to register, search, favorite and contact child care facilities.

Providers set their own prices on Daycare Owl, they can accept, deny, or cancel any reservation. Parents pay providers via stripe when booking through the Daycare Owl platform. Stripe fees are paid by parents.

Providers can also sell add-on services such as date-nights, overnight care, weekend care and more. Daycare Owl’s secure payment gateway is powered by Stripe. Providers will never miss a payment or write a receipt. Providers keep 100% of what they make. 

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The Daycare Owl Difference

Daycare Owl works with licensed childcare providers, who are fingerprinted, background checked and verified. Licensed childcare facilities have strict Covid-19 policies that are mandated by their state. Traditionally, these facilities could only offer full-time contracted care. The Daycare Owl platform allows these facilities to segment their time into hourly, daily, part-time, and full-time work, as well as sell additional services such as weekend care, date-night care and more. Economy of scale keeps hourly rates low on the platform. In the San Francisco, CA area, (where child care rates average $25/hr) the average hourly rate at licensed daycares on Daycare Owl was below $12/hr. The world of childcare has just expanded, we are creating more spots at affordable prices for more children to be in early childhood education, and more parents to be successful.

Daycares are early childhood education, where children learn ABCs and build emotional intelligence. Confidence, self-soothing, empathy, sharing, team work, all these things and more are learned at early childhood facilities. Children who don’t attend early childhood education are more likely to drop-out of high-school, become a teenage parent, or commit a crime. Daycares have traditionally operated on a contractual basis, they are businesses that are licensed by the state. Most daycares rely on state entities to fill their daycares, but most parents do not use state resources to find child care, they instead turn to the internet. Most daycares are not online as most child care platforms are better suited for babysitters and nannies.

Daycare Owl was created just for licensed child care providers. Daycare Owl is helping to bridge the growing gap between parents and licensed child care providers. Daycare Owl is giving providers the tools they need to be more competitive, by offering secure bookings for hourly and daily care. Most parents can’t afford a full week of child care, the Daycare Owl platform helps parents purchase a few hours or a few days of recurring child care instead. This allows parents to go back to back to school, work part-time, improve their circumstances, and break the cycle. We can get more children into early childhood education, we can help women do more, we can help families thrive, we can help more providers be successful. We can create more college degrees and less gun violence.

We can create opportunity and hope for a better tomorrow.

A Platform with a Cause

Child care rates are soaring, yet most providers struggle to fill their daycares. How can that be? We have the answer and the solution. Parents and providers simply cannot find each other. The parents demanding child care cannot find the supply offered by child care providers, and Daycare Owl is going to fix this socio-economic issue with technology. Daycare Owl’s goal is to bridge the growing gap between parents and licensed child care providers. Parents can expect to find much lower hourly rates for child care on Daycare Owl. The Daycare Owl platform has given daycares the capability of segmenting the full week into hourly slots. Daycares can now offer weekend care, date night care, overnight care, evening care, and so much more. Daycares are the most affordable choice when it comes to outside care. Daycares operate on the concept of economy of scales, a proportionate saving in costs gained by an increased level of production. Licensed childcare providers are trained, equipped, and legally allowed to have multiple children in their daycares. Economy of scales keep daycare rates low. The world of affordable and available child care has just expanded, and we can’t wait to see the difference it makes in the lives of children, mothers, fathers, providers, employers, and the economy as a whole.

Welcome to the child care revolution!