Update #7, 11/9: For real…Childcare for Free?!?
I’m Hayden Sims, Operations Director for HackerMoms. Help share/tweet/facebook us like Women 2.0, Xconomy, The Maker Mom and the San Francisco Green Festival where we speak on Maker Culture tomorrow. I’m proud we offer members free weekday childcare in our space. We’ve done it by developing relationships with the Oakland Unified School District and their Community Immersion Program. The interns are students aged 18-22 whose learning obstacles make them unemployable to some.
Yet my husband, a therapist, teaches these young adults every day and knows their capabilities and talents when given the chance. HackerMoms offers them onsite job training and Oakland pays wages, with positions that range from junior childcare interns to janitorial service. We believe in them and integrate them into the community. They develop confidence, skills and a resume. We get sponsored childcare for our kids. It’s a win-win for both communities.
Thank you for believing in HackerMoms, too. Your pledges will keep this community outreach program thriving.