Demand for child care up as pre-pandemic life slowly returns

Demand for child care increasing as pre-pandemic life slowly returns
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — The return to the office – and concerts and parties - mean more parents are searching for child care.

Posts from parents seeking full-time nannies or part-time babysitters on Sittercity have gone up 13% in the last month, according to the site’s Chief Product Officer Sandra Dainora.

“In the last 30 days alone, we’ve seen a tremendous amount of demand in Wheaton followed by Chicago as well as Naperville and Evanston,” Dainora told WBBM Newsradio.

Demand is two-and-a-half times higher than a year ago and Denora said parents are making specific requests from applicants to care for their little ones.

“We’ve seen 166% increase in vaccine mentions in the last 90 days,” she said.

Despite the growing interest, she said they don’t have a shortage of sitter but adds parents who appreciate the demands of caregivers are likely to see their requests met first.

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