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Find a Sitter and Stay Out of Jail!?

March 10, 2010

CHICAGO, March 10 /PRNewswire/ — Recently a Michigan mom was held in contempt of court and almost thrown in jail for bringing her children to jury duty when she couldn’t find someone to watch them. While this is an extreme case, childcare issues create a crisis for American parents everyday – but there’s an answer. Sittercity.com wants to offer parents three simple steps to being prepared when the unplanned happens so they can get to work, meet their deadline OR stay out of jail.

  1. Develop a short list of potential sitters in your area. The web is a great tool for vetting potential sitter candidates. On Sittercity, you can view comprehensive sitter profiles that provide background, experience, skills like CPR and First Aid and safety information like a background check. The also provide references and parent reviews so you can get a feel for others’ experience with the caregiver.
  2. Conduct in-person interviews with selected candidates. While online profiles and third parties can provide critical information on a potential sitter, there is no substitute to a face-to-face interview. Make sure you’re prepared with a list of questions so you get the answers you need. You can find a suggested list of interview questions at http://babysitters.sittercity.com/article/parent_interview_checklist.html.
  3. Make sure you have an arsenal of childcare providers before you need them. Once you have gone through the process, you may begin to use your favorite but make sure to keep in touch with the runners-up – you never know when you’ll need a back-up.

About Sittercity Inc

Sittercity, the inventor of online caregiving, is America’s largest and most trusted online source for child care, pet care, senior care, housesitting, housekeeping and tutoring. Sittercity has a network of more than a million caregiver profiles nationwide, and helps families and individuals across America find the perfect in-home care provider quickly, easily and safely. Sittercity’s care seekers can use the company’s four-step screening process, which includes checking references, reading caregiver reviews, conducting interviews and utilizing free access to background checks. Sitter profiles also come with photos, experience, training, safety skills, availability calendars, reviews and more. Our Corporate Program now serves a number of marquee clients, including Avon, MasterCard, FOX Networks, Pitney Bowes and Monster Worldwide. For more information about the company, visit the company Web site at http://www.sittercity.com. For more information about the Corporate Program visit www.sittercity.com/corporate.

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