Last year, I joined an incredible collaboration of women founders who changed the way we support families. Almost the entire group are mothers or caregivers, most of us start our businesses, nonprofits, and projects due to lack of support in our own experiences.
In its truly collaborative nature, the founder of this collective, Amy Henderson, CEO of TendLab approached me, WRK / 360 and Lori Mihalich-Levin, in Conscious return, to put together this practical and tangible list of & # 39; Best practices& # 39; and a & # 39;Action plan templateCaregivers and their employers can implement to foster honest and productive work arrangements during this unprecedented time.
But she did not stop there. Henderson contacted all the founders of our self-styled FamTech collective to find out what all of our businesses were doing together to support families during the COVID-19 crisis.
“As daycare centers and schools close, older adults face frightening consequences and some counties apply strict quarantines, I knew that the founders of our collaboration were mobilizing to create solutions for caregivers. When I reached out to learn about everyone's efforts, I saw how we were collectively creating a safety net for working families and their employers. "
This is how our collaboration is responding to this crisis:
Politics and equity
Katie Bethell, the founder of PL + US, a defense organization working to obtain a paid license in the US USA (Because we are the ONLY industrialized nation in the world without it!) Is pushing hard Families first coronavirus response law, which includes the following: free tests for COVID-19; 14 days of paid sick leave for emergency illness; 3 months paid family and medical leave; expanded unemployment insurance and food security; and additional Medicaid money. This bill just passed in the house and you can sign PL + US Petition to Help Pass the Senate!
And last week I wrote this article and this guide with practical advice on how dual-career couples can share childcare equally when everyone is home.
For Employers and Working Parents
If you are quarantined or ill, or care for someone who is, and you need to apply for short-term disability or paid family leave, you should encourage your employer to offer you Deborah Hanus Sparrow as an employee benefit to handle this daunting process for you.
Stacey Delo from Apres has created A guide for so-called moms, "How not to lose your mind when you work at home (with children)". Apres is also offering free, weekly live coaching sessions for moms on Facebook.
Cleo is hosting live and on-demand webinars and chats open to parents (such as Working families at the time of COVID-19) and employers (as Practical Tips for their workforce)
For healthcare providers:
Melissa Hanna in Mahmee is also offering free access and free onboarding assistance to your maternal and child care coordination platform to all allied physicians, specialists, and healthcare professionals in the field who need to make a rapid transition from your office and home care to virtual virtual tours, support groups for video chat and secure messages.
For those who need attention:
Henderson co-leader of our collaboration, Lynn Perkins, the founding CEO of Urban babysitter, is offering a two-month free membership For families who want to use Urban Sitter for child care at home and / or elder care. She is also partner with companies those who wish to subsidize the cost of this supportive care for their employees. * Note: the Urban Sitter platform will allow you to upload people in your own community, such as uncles, older siblings home from university, etc., who could benefit from earning money taking care of your family members and allowing you to follow strict requirements of social distancing limiting your commitments to those with whom you are already in close contact. Strictly through employers, Kasey Edwards at Helpr have a similar offer (now with an accelerated onboarding process).
Due to the requirements of social distancing, the founders of the cooperative childcare platform Wana / Komae (Erin Beck and Amy Husted), have requested that people not use their services at this time. However, they recognize that some families cannot go without child care and are offering Free care credits to any family that needs critical care with safe care guidelines, such as friendship with a single family.
Sara Mauskopf in Winnie is providing constantly updated content in its "Guide for the care of children during the coronavirus."
For parents who need activities to occupy their children at home.
School closings have unleashed a whole new world in which parents suddenly have to work, care for their children, and educate their children at home simultaneously.
Missy Narula, founder of Exhale Parent, is creating a free platform to raise funds and share schedules and activities for children who study at home.
Purva Gujar from Initial, you have selected a list of fun, simple and free educational activities for children for parents with young children.
Samantha Barnes, the founder of Raddish Kids, it is giving away 25,000 free cooking kits to enrich the bellies and minds of children while they are at home due to the closure of schools and daycare centers.
Manisha Shaw from Joking, an educational application aimed at parents of children from 0 to 3 years old, offers free access to all of its premium content, including hundreds of fun and simple activity ideas, as well as video-based classes and an activity catalog to promote any area of your child's growth and development.
Avni Patel Thompson & # 39; s Modern town created a central center for all the preparation lists, activity resources and practical suggestions from your user community that we can all use to get through the next few months.
For future parents, applicants and new:
Allison Kasirer, the founder of Robyn, is working to cut misinformation about COVID-19 by providing updated and expert information on how the virus could affect applicants and future parents. And also Dr. Aviva Romm.
Melissa Hanna, the executive director of Mahmeeand her team are offering support groups for new and prospective mothers to address the anxieties associated with the COVID-19 outbreak, and you can Join for free.
For those caring for the elderly, immunosuppressed and / or with special needs.
Sehreen NoorAli and Alex Leeds from Visible health They are offering to collect and share advice through their online survey on how parents of children with special needs are facing a gap in therapeutic services.
Henderson asks all of us to continue to collaborate and promote how we support families in this country. He is currently working with the Collective springbank to help expand our SF-based collaboration to other regions and connect with founders (of all genders, not just women!) in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Ohio, Vancouver, Denver, Boise, and more to hear their answers and share what we are already doing, to address the COVID-19 crisis.
Springbank's vision is to create a coalition of investors, corporations, and social sector organizations to support these founders by building the critical infrastructure that supports women and all working families. The need for this infrastructure has never been more evident.
We are stronger together than alone.
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