First-of-its-kind app allows parents to instantly reserve back-up child care
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Bright Horizons Launches First-Ever Mobile Application for Reserving Emergency Child Care (Photo: Business Wire).
The app is available to working parents whose employers offer back-up child care through Bright Horizons. Back-up care offers employees a safety net when primary caretakers become ill, schools close due to weather, unexpected work-related travel is required, or when prior arrangements fall through prompting unscheduled child care needs.
“For a working parent, finding out at night that your child care option
for the next day has fallen through is an incredibly stressful
experience,” says Bright Horizons Chief Executive Officer
A recent survey* of working parents’ child care needs shows how crucial a responsive back-up care solution is for both families and organizations. According to the study, 67% of respondents had to find alternate child care around five different times in the last six months, and 74% had to miss a day of work during that timeframe to care for their child. In fact, one-third of respondents admitted having either no one to call on short notice, or only one trusted caregiver they could turn to with less than one day notice.
The new app is able to confirm and instantly book center-based back-up reservations immediately by determining whether there is space available at a specific child care center and in the appropriate age group. For in-home care, parents can view the schedules and availability of in-home caregivers through the app, as well as filter by a broad range of criteria including background, geographic location, years of experience and more.
Other new dynamic features include the ability to:
- Replicate previous reservations and modify or cancel current reservations
- Use touch ID for thumbprint authentication
- Locate the nearest child care center and get directions and;
- Rely on mobile alerts for reminders about reservation details.
Bright Horizons works with 825 employers representing 4.5 million
employees and their families to provide back-up child care solutions.
About Bright Horizons
Source: Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc.
Bridget Perry, 617-673-8014