April is the Month of the Military Child and as we thank them and explore topics that are important to our military kids, we’re reminded of just how special they are.
Known to be extremely flexible, military kids are used to uprooting and frequently changing schools, friends, and caregivers as they adjust to their new lives at new duty stations.
The Sittercity Military Program makes one element of their frequent transitions easier, as parents can use this national service to find babysitters, nannies, pet sitters, housekeepers, and tutors in their new neighborhood.
The best part of all: it’s completely free to military families. The Department of Defense funds Sittercity memberships for Army, Marine, Navy, and Air Force families- including active duty, Reserve, and Guard. To get started, families simply need to activate their fully-paid membership at www.sittercity.com/DoD.
Sittercity helps parents connect to the perfect caregiver to meet their family’s needs. Parents can use the site’s search features to find caregivers with the specific training, education, or availability they are looking for. For example, if your child has to play catch up at a new school, Sittercity can help you find a tutor to ease their transition.
If you’ve just PCSed, it can be tough to find safe, reliable help – especially if you don’t know anyone in your new neighborhood.¬† Sittercity has you covered! The site provides interview tools, caregiver reviews and references, and background checks to help you hire the best candidate for your family. Having instant access to a quality network of care providers will reduce the additional stress of finding a new sitter during your move.
You’ll also find many caregivers in your base areas who are fellow military families. Over 6,000 military spouses have connected to care giving opportunities on Sittercity, so finding a nanny in base-housing may be easier than you think.
Moving this year? See our special section on smoothing moves for children in the Ultimate PCS Guide.