COVID-19 Healthcare Workers Childcare Co-op

Healthcare Workers (Doctors, Nurses, PAs, and more)

If you are in the US and impacted by school closures and extended hours due to COVID-19, this site exists to pair you with a college or health sciences student to help with childcare. Right now, we are collecting contact information of students willing to help for most metros. When we have critical mass to potentially be helpful in a given metro area, we will add it to the list below! For more info, click here . In the meantime, share this site so we can get more interested students.

Metro Areas Live for Healthcare Workers (HCWs)

Medical, Nursing, PA, and College Students in the US

We need your help! Enter your contact information below if you are willing to contribute to childcare efforts for healthcare workers responding to COVID-19.

FAQ

For Healthcare Workers (HCWs) Requesting  Childcare

  • Who is eligible to request childcare?

    • Any person who works in medicine/allied health that is affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes physicians, physician assistants, nurses, therapists, technicians, medical assistants, pharmacists, dietitians, etc.
  • How do I sign up?

    • Fill out the request form for your respective area. Metropolitan areas that are offering services now are listed above.
  • How do I get matched to a student?

    • Once you fill out the form, one of our local coordinators will contact you with 2-3 potential childcare candidates.
    • These candidates will then be responsible for contacting you independently to see if you hit it off. How you choose to screen the candidates is up to you.
    • After you select a student, you and the student must confirm the match by contacting your designated local coordinator.
  • What do I do after I have matched?

    • You and the HCW are responsible for sorting out and refining additional logistics (scheduling, travel reimbursement, compensation, COVID-19 risk stratification, etc).
    • With respect to COVID-19 risks, you should discuss risk factors with your match and come to a mutual agreement. This includes risk factor disclosures of all parties involved (HCWs and their partners, children, students, and other people who may come into contact with the aforementioned parties)
  • What if I have an urgent request?

    • If you HAVE NOT been matched with a student yet, please submit a new request.
    • If you HAVE been matched with a student already, but require childcare outside their availability, please contact your designated coordinator.
    • We are working on developing and improving our urgent request process. Please keep in mind that this co-op is a grassroots organization, led by a small group of medical students, who are also juggling virtual classes and studying for board exams. We will do our best to accommodate you. However, we may not be able to fulfill your request in time and strongly recommend that you seek other avenues for care.
  • Do I have to pay for this service?

    • To get matched with a student, this does not cost money.
    • However, the decision to compensate the student volunteer for childcare, travel reimbursement, meals, and/or other expenses should be discussed between you and the potential student matches. This is independent of the service that HCW Childcare Co-op offers.
    • We do our best to match HCWs to students based on who can/cannot afford compensation and who have access to transportation.
  • I don’t see my city listed. How can I seek out similar services in my area?

    • Please visit our Additional Resources page for services, mostly led by other health science students, in other areas. We’ll do our best to update this page regularly, but we encourage you to also search for other avenues through local community groups (e.g. Facebook, NextDoor), Googling, childcare mobile apps, etc.

For Students Offering  Childcare

  • Who is eligible to volunteer and provide childcare?

    • Any student studying and/or planning on going into healthcare. This includes, but not limited to, students studying to become physicians, physician assistants, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, non-medical graduate students, pre-med/pre-health undergraduates and post-baccs, etc.
  • How do I sign up?

    • Fill out the request form here.
    • You will then receive a follow-up message regarding your preferences like availability, age ranges, compensation, etc.
  • How do I get matched to an HCW?

    • Once you fill out the second form, our coordinators will contact you whenever an HCW’s request fits your preferences. 
    • You will be contacted at the same time as 1-2 other students, who also potentially match the HCW’s needs.
    • You will each be responsible for contacting the HCW independently to see if you hit it off. This is done to reduce the burden on the HCW to find and coordinate childcare. The HCW will decide how they want to screen candidates (e.g. personality, prior experience/child clearances, special needs, etc).
    • After you are selected by the HCW, you and the HCW must confirm the match by contacting your designated local coordinator.
  • What do I do after I have matched?

    • You and the HCW are responsible for sorting out and refining additional logistics (scheduling, travel reimbursement, compensation, etc).
  • What if my availability changes?

    • If you HAVE already matched with an HCW, please contact your designated local coordinator. 
    • If you HAVE NOT matched with an HCW yet, please re-submit your availability form, AND contact us.
  • Do I get paid for offering childcare services?

    • The decision to compensate student volunteers for childcare, travel reimbursement, meals, and/or other expenses should be discussed between you and the HCW. This is independent of the service that HCW Childcare Co-op offers.
    • We do our best to match HCWs to students based on who can/cannot afford compensation and who have access to transportation.
  • I don’t see my city listed. How can I help in my area?

    • Please visit our Additional Resources page for services, mostly led by other health science students, in other areas. We’ll do our best to update this page regularly, but we encourage you to also search for other avenues through local community groups (e.g. Facebook, NextDoor), Googling, childcare mobile apps, etc.

COVID-19 Safety Disclaimer

  • Please follow official guidance and common-sense precautions regarding exposure history, and refrain from participating if you or any household contacts are symptomatic. 
  • This is an offer to help, not enrollment in a program offered by or endorsed by any employers or academic institutions. HCW Childcare Co-op is not endorsed by the employers of its participants or any affiliate organizations. We are an informal movement comprised of private individuals who want to help connect frontline health workers with options for assistance in this crisis. 
  • We do not assume liability for volunteers or frontline workers, and participants must use their own discretion to evaluate risk.

About Us

  • We are a small group of medical students trying to be helpful during the COVID-19 crisis. Your info will only be used to match you with a healthcare worker who needs childcare in your area. There is no commercial element to this project.

 

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