Childcare is often considered an optional benefit for many employers but the Helpr start-up is working closely with companies to make childcare available for all employees. Providing on-demand screened babysitters, the start-up partners with various companies to offer childcare services to employees at a subsidized rate.
According to co-founder and CEO Kasey Edwards, the Helpr start-up is unique as it vets all its sitters and works directly with them. At the same time, the start-up hopes to sell companies on childcare in the same way they support health insurance or parental leave. Helpr is already available in seven cities in the US but is hoping to expand further thanks to a recently acquired $1.7 million round of funding.
The start-up also understands its function in the gig economy and therefore allows sitters to come and go as they please. Helpr is even investing in professional development opportunities to connect sitters with HR and recruiting teams and its partner companies.