Partner With Us
We are seeking partnership with professional organizations like you
To Whom It May Concern,
We, CareShare, are seeking to partner with another organization so we might improve the affordability and availability of childcare in our state. Sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Acara Challenge, our hope is to provide informal and flexible childcare by engaging multiple generations with compatible needs. Simply put, our model would connect retirees looking for meaningful ways to spend their free time and a modest source of income with families in need of childcare, resulting in a partnership that benefits both families and providers.
Currently, childcare services in Minnesota charge an average of 22% of a family's income, and the majority only operate during regular work hours, which does not benefit parents who work odd hours. By only charging 10 to 15% of a family's income and matching retirees to family's childcare needs, we will be able to make childcare services more accessible, affordable, and flexible for families.
This summer, we attempted to start a pilot program in Grand Meadow, Minnesota. While we learned much throughout the process, we were unfortunately unable to gain traction due to our lack of strong connections and our distance from the community. Therefore, we decided to stop our pilot in Grand Meadow as of September and have since been looking for a new approach.
That said, we are looking for a partner organization with an established background in childcare and strong existing relationships to its surrounding community. We would provide our business plan and the research we have conducted up to this point, while allowing a partner organization to integrate the program into their existing services as they see fit. We would act as consultants if desired, while control of operations would ultimately be handed over said partner.
In proposing such an arrangement, we hope our partner can collaborate with CareShare to increase the affordability and flexibility of childcare in Minnesota.
We are eager to answer any questions you may have. You can reach out to us at ; we look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you for your time and attention,
The CareShare Team