Sittercity, America’s first and largest online resource for in-home care, today announced a partnership with Crosschq, the pioneers of Human Intelligence Hiring™, to bring digital reference checks to the Sittercity marketplace. A major innovation for the industry, this new capability will help parents find child care with confidence by equipping them with the new tools and technology to get a comprehensive, 360 view on a potential sitter or care-giver before they begin working together.

“Reference checking is a critical part of the child care search process, but today’s overly busy parents find it difficult to find time to connect with other families and conduct them,” said Elizabeth Harz, CEO of Sittercity. “That can lead to parents compromising by checking only one reference, or skipping the process altogether. Now we’re making it super easy by offering parents the ability to leverage Crosschq.”

Digital reference checks have traditionally only been available to the corporate workforce. The Sittercity/Crosschq partnership will revolutionize hiring in the child care industry. In this new world where people are limited to face-to-face interactions, this type of human intelligence becomes even more critical to a family’s child care search.

“We are excited to partner with Sittercity to transform how real insights from real people can help drive better hiring decisions,” said Mike Fitzsimmons, CEO and Co-Founder of Crosschq. “We think this could be a blueprint for establishing heightened levels of trust and safety.”

Having worked with families since 2001, Sittercity has the most comprehensive understanding of what parents value in reference checks – from time management to creative play to cleanliness. The collaboration between Sittercity and Crosschq is specifically tailored to meet the needs of parents and enables them to quickly receive quality references from multiple sources of a particular caregiver. A Crosschq reference takes as little as seven minutes to complete, and the full Crosschq report will be stored in the cloud and easily accessible for parents and caregivers to share, access and review.

“Compared to the laborious, cumbersome phone tag and hurried conversations between moms – and dads – to get a single reference, the Crosschq digital reference checks enable parents to get more insight and ensure they find the right fit for their family,” added Harz.

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About Sittercity
Sittercity is a technology company on a mission to make child care finally work. We pioneered tech-enabled child care in 2001, and we connect millions of parents with babysitters and nannies every year. Recently recognized as a 2018 Chicago Innovation Award winner and one of the best places to work by Crain’s and Built in Chicago, we are building a platform that is radically simplifying the way we find, book and pay for trusted care. Headquartered in Chicago, we serve families and caregivers nationwide.

About Crosschq
Crosschq™ has pioneered Human Intelligence Hiring, the next essential software category for building great companies. Through proprietary software and science, Crosschq gathers people-driven insights from job seekers and those who know them best and converts those insights into predictive data. Crosschq data can be used to ensure people and businesses are well-matched, creating long-term, successful employees and winning workplace cultures. The company’s cloud-based SaaS solutions were built with a talent-first approach that prioritizes trust and transparency, minimizes bias and protects privacy. Founded in 2018, Crosschq is backed by GGV Capital, Bessemer Ventures Partners, SAP, Slack and other well-known Silicon Valley Investors. To learn more, visit


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