Bright Horizons has acquired Sittercity, an online marketplace connecting families and caregivers.

Chicago-based Sittercity created an online platform for families to identify reliable in-home childcare providers in 2001. It also offers access to educators and tutors through its database of providers to help school-age children with homework, subject-specific tutoring and e-learning.

Bright Horizons chief executive Stephen Kramer said: “Bright Horizons and Sittercity have been partners since 2013 and have always shared the goal of supporting families with access to high-quality care. With the childcare strain families have been experiencing the last five months paired with the prospect of remote learning, this acquisition will allow us to expand our in-home offerings and virtual solutions that are increasingly critical to families.”

Elizabeth Harz, chief executive of Sittercity, added: “There is so much uncertainty for families at this time, especially as the school year inches closer and closer. Creating a dynamic community of care has never been more important. At a time when parents often feel the need to choose between having a job or caring for their children, Bright Horizons and Sittercity can help working parents get back to work while their children receive high-quality care and education.”

Bright Horizons is headquartered in Watertown, Massachusetts.

Date published: 12 August 2020

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