Sittercity, a website that matches babysitters with families, has seen job posts decrease overall during the COVID-19 outbreak because people aren’t going out as much, said Aubry Parks-Fried, head of content and brand strategy.
But earlier this week, posts from around the country specifically mentioning COVID-19 increased four times in two days, she said.
“Urgent need for experienced daytime sitters!” read one post from the Chicago area that mentioned COVID-19.
Parks-Fried said Sittercity is reminding families that sitters and nannies are in the same situation, worrying about their jobs and about what to do with their own children.
Child care professionals “are the backbone of how we work, and I think we’re seeing that across the board,” she said. “What do you do when child care is even more difficult?”