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You know the drill: Your nanny gets sick. Your Mom left for Europe. Your babysitter was double booked. Your boss calls you into work on your day off. None of these things matter to your employer and you are stuck without childcare. Well Boston and surrounding, behold your new solution: EASEL. I get a little too excited when I’m let in on a good thing and let me assure you – this start up is the next best thing for parents. Easel helps parents in need when their care falls through by allowing them to book spots at top quality childcare centers. I had the opportunity to test them out last week when I had a meeting in Boston and needed longer care hours for Riggs. Here’s what I learned…

Easel makes the sign-on process simple. Everything is done how we manage the rest of our lives – on our phones! After a painless push on a button from their website you get a text directly from a human at Easel. A human, talking to you like you are human (really) – nothing automated, no App. to download, no profile to fill out. They send you a top rated daycare suggestion (when I say top rated, I mean TOP RATED, read on) so that you can check out the link, then they give you the price for the day and ask if you want to move forward with booking. After filling out the state-mandated daycare forms (one time only) you can book every time via text with Easel! It’s easy to feel alone when care falls through, but Easel guides you through re-booking like a trusted friend.

That morning, Easel sent me directions and made sure I was all set and comfortable with dropping Riggs off. I was a little nervous not knowing anyone at the daycare but knowing Easel had done their due diligence beforehand helped me feel more confident. And boy did I have nothing to worry about…

The daycare Easel picked out for me was called Ethos in South Boston (our old stomping grounds.) I’m not going to lie – this was the nicest daycare facility I had ever stepped foot in. We are talking personalized yoga mats for the kids morning mediation and stretching class, a state-of-the-art kitchen and bathroom facility, and activities that would make Maria Montessori and Reggio Emilio stand up and applaud. I loved the attention to detail at this center and it didn’t get past me that the Director greeted every teacher that walked through the door with a hug and a smile. The soft colors, natural materials, and physical layout of the space all support the milestones of child development. Ok truth be told, I didn’t want to leave and either did Riggs!

I love knowing I will never be without care, thanks to Easel. I love the relationship I got to build with them and the care they took in picking out the perfect daycare for us. If you are a daycare parent, you know it’s not easy to get in, and (before Easel) almost impossible to “drop-in.” Now you have the option. Let Easel help you thru your next care crunch and tell them MIM sent you! Don’t forget to comment below my social media post and tell us your child care woes for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card, courtesy of Easel!

https://www.easel.care

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