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How families are changing their childcare needs during the COVID-19 pandemic

KAAL-TV
Created: August 07, 2020 07:03 AM

(ABC 6 NEWS) - The world of childcare changed when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and some childcare services along with families had to adjust. A business called "College Sitters Nannies and Tutors" had to change things to make sure it fit the changing need of the community. 

At the beginning of the pandemic, the staff went back over hand washing and cleaning protocols to help nannies, sitters, and families stay safe. With many people in Rochester working essential jobs, a lot of them still needed childcare even during the stay at home order. More and more of those families started looking into more personalized childcare to keep their kids safe. 

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"How we can change as families schedules change, or more kids are at home. And things are evolving. And how we can supplement that with our existing staff and the staff that we are trying to hire. I mean we need to continue to grow," family placement manager, Patrice Nordstrom said. 

Those at College Nannies and Tutors tell ABC 6 News that some nannies have helped younger children with the transition to online learning this past Spring. As for the tutors, they worked with the students online at first and helped kids that needed extra support during the switch.

Tutoring is still offered online and now in person, socially distanced, and with masks. "With the younger kids moving to distance learning that was quite an adjustment. For the older kids, it certainly was an adjustment but really the content is what our tutors help most with. And then just being an encouraging support system too," Owner, Lindsay Stepp said.

College Nannies and Tutors said it is expecting a bigger demand for tutors this Fall due to all of the changes with the upcoming school year.


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