11 apps to help find reliable childcare

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Summertime freedom for kids can mean an extra scheduling burden on parents who are juggling work and home life. 

Especially when parents don’t have predictable schedules, their kids’ summer activities can alter an already chaotic flow.

Fortunately, numerous childcare apps and websites can help solve your babysitting needs.

A Zum sitter opens the door for a child.

A Zum sitter opens the door for a child.

Zum is a new app that helps parents find babysitting and rides for their children to and from activities. It might be ideal for shuttling the kids back and forth between summer camp schedules. The downside is the app is only for parents in the San Francisco Bay Area, and while the app itself is free, the cost per hour for help is higher than minimum wage. The company reports that all its drivers have childcare experience and pass extensive background checks.

Urbansitter searches your area to find the top-rated babysitters and shows recommendations from your neighbors. The site boasts that most requests receive a response in 15 minutes. Using the site is free and if you live in a major metropolitan area, you’ll find many babysitters across a range of cost options. 

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