WALTHAM, Mass., June 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- To continue honoring our military members' commitment to our nation, Care.com, (http://www.care.com), an online resource helping families connect with local caregivers for children; adults and seniors; pets; and home and lifestyle, is offering a free, one-year premium membership to active duty service members and their families. The offer, effective immediately for new Care.com memberships, allows military families to access thousands of caregivers in the U.S.
According to a 2010 Demographics Report from the U.S. Department of Defense, there are close to 2 million active duty family members, of which 44% have children, and more than 40% of those children are under the age of 5.
"Balancing childcare and work comes with its own unique set of challenges for every family, but for military families in particular, numerous other factors come into play. Military spouses are often the primary caregivers for children, parents or pets," said Donna Levin, co-founder and vice president of Government Relations & Partnerships at Care.com. "They need access to qualified local caregivers and that's where we are providing a helping hand. Whether it's a military family waiting for their loved one to come home or a family readjusting after a permanent change of station, Care.com is there to support them."
USAA is teaming up with Care.com to help military families with their unique care needs. "USAA is excited that Care.com supports the military community. We understand the challenges military families face when relocating, including finding quality caregivers," said Zachary Gipson, vice president of USAA Retirement & Wealth Planning. "Through Care.com and this special offer, military families can enjoy peace of mind and an affordable way to locate caregivers."
Families can sign-up through June 30, 2012, by simply visiting Care.com and registering to receive free access to connect with local babysitters, nannies, special-needs care providers, senior care providers, pet sitters, tutors and housekeepers through a national network of caregivers. Users can search by ZIP code, service and pay rate to find care providers in their area. The families will enjoy free access to their Care.com subscription until June 30, 2013. For offer details and any restrictions, go to Care.com.
Care.com provides a number of safety features and tips to help families make good hiring decisions. The company's dedicated safety team reviews every provider profile for suspicious and inappropriate content. Care.com members enjoy access to background checks, recorded references and use of monitored messaging systems. According to Care.com, the best safety precautions are the ones that family take themselves and the company provides hiring tips to help families through the process, such as conducting the in-person interview and checking references.About Care.com, Inc.
Founded in 2006, Care.com (www.care.com) is the largest and fastest-growing service used by families seeking high-quality care providers, providing a place to easily connect with hundreds of thousands of care providers, share caregiving experiences and get advice. The company addresses the unique lifecycle of care needs that each family goes through - child care, senior care, special-needs care, tutoring, pet care, housekeeping and more. To help ensure safety both online and at home, Care.com provides mom-reviewed profiles, monitored messaging, access to background checks, recorded references, and educational information on the interviewing process. Fortune 500 companies, educational institutions, technology companies, and professional services firms offer Care.com memberships as a benefit to employees through its Workplace Solutions program.
SOURCE Care.com, Inc.