What is a CareShare?
How do I start one?
How to match with parents?
How do I decide if being a host is right for me? (calculator)
What if none of the families in my share wants to host? Could hosting rotate?
If I’m the host what risks am I assuming?
How many hours per week can I have care? What is the schedule?
What are our quality standards?
How much does it cost?
Payroll and taxes: we handle all
What happens if the other family(ies) changes their mind?
Who are these caregivers and how are they vetted?
How does careshare operate?
Do you currently accept childcare vouchers?

What is a CareShare?

A CareShare is a group of families that come together to share the care of their children. A typical Share has 3-5 families and shares 1 caregiver that provides the care for their children at one of the families’ houses.

How do I start one?

First read through ‘Is this right for my family?’ to understand the ins and outs of CareShare and decide if you would like to start your own share. The next step is filling out your family profile. With that information matching your family with others is really simple. (see ‘How do I find other families that I am compatible?) Once you find other families you are compatible with you, host your first meeting (‘How to host your first CareShare prospectus meeting?’ & ‘How do I create a contract?’). Review a sample contract in your meeting and fill out your minimum requirements request form (‘Provider Request Form’) for establishing a group. CareShare Cooperative will send you a draft contract based on you minimum requirements.

Review the draft CareShare contract, sign and return (how?). Then we will send you resumes of 2-3 vetted care providers based on your provider request form for you to set up group interviews with. Once you interview and select your provider, you will need to review any changes made to the contract and have all parents and provider sign. Along with submission of the final contract, all families will need to submit a two week deposit and your CareShare can begin!

Additional info needed in this process are individual care instruction forms for each child – informal, maybe initialling that is seen and acknowledge.

How to match with parents?

How do I decide if being a host is right for me? (calculator)

Hosting a CareShare comes with additional benefits and some additional responsibilities.

What if none of the families in my share wants to host? Could hosting rotate?

CareShare’s model is able to achieve significant benefits by hosting the care at one of the families’ house. However, it is not a requirement that a single family hosts the care, it can rotate across a number or all of the families of a given Share. The only requirement is that all parents agree to it.

If I’m the host what risks am I assuming?

How many hours per week can I have care? What is the schedule?

Full-time and part-time care is available. Your CareShare decides collectively what will work for them

What are our quality standards?

CareShare quality looks to families to determine the best standards of quality. However we require all caregivers maintain the minimum competencies required by the State of Ohio requires for all early childhood educators.

How much does it cost?

Payroll and taxes: we handle all

What happens if the other family(ies) changes their mind?

Who are these caregivers and how are they vetted?

Care providers experience and education vary based on each applicant. However, all Care Share applicants will have a BCI/FBI background check, CPR/First Aid training, Child abuse prevention training, and food safety. Providers will also be required to participate in ongoing training and learning to maintain best practices.

How does careshare operate?

Do you currently accept childcare vouchers?

Not at this time, but we are exploring ways to serve this population of families.