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Agency connects parents with child care providers

Parents searching for a babysitter or day home have a new place to look.

The St. Albert Community Information and Volunteer Centre launched a new Facebook page on June 12 called Child Care Connect.

“The idea was to give child care providers and people seeking child care services a chance to find one another,” said Ryan Mullan, social media and marketing co-ordinator at CIVC.

The page was built on a recognized need in the community, said Mullan.

In 2013, CIVC received 226 inquiries about child care. They have a baby-sitting registry that serves 300 clients with 590 children.

As of Friday, the Child Care Connect page had more than 240 likes.

The majority of the pages users are young mothers, said Mullan. About 97 per cent of subscribers are women, 50 per cent of whom are between the ages of 25 and 34 years of age.

The page had an early surge in popularity after cross promotion by The Community of St. Albert Facebook page. Administrators of the community page said they will begin referring their child care requests to Child Care Connect in mid-July.

“As a referral agency we don’t manage (the requests), but we do like to create a way for people to connect,” said Mullan. “We wanted to find a way to make this information more readily available.”

CIVC is now seeking partnerships with other local agencies that have stake in child care to be part of the page.

The goal is to provide information on the page that would be helpful for parents.

“We recognize we’re not the experts in child care. There are agencies that do that – the family resource centre for example,” said Mullan.

“We want them to share their ideas, their articles, and things that they want the community to know that they do. Basically, the more the community puts in, the more the community gets out of it."

CIVC plans to create a similar page for rental accommodations – to connect tenants with landlords.

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