Now with the pandemic on the wane in the U.S. and industry-transforming policy proposals up for debate in Washington, D.C., Moochhala can’t help but feel optimistic.
“There are two sides to this coin. On one side it’s access for families and on the other it’s a living wage for caregivers,” said Moochhala. “There’s an incredible amount of tension. The government potentially stepping in and addressing at least one side, affordability for parents, will help on the other side too.”
Like Care.com, which Moochhala co-founded in 2007, Sittercity is an online marketplace connecting families and caregivers. The Chicago-based company was acquired last year by national child care provider Bright Horizons, which is headquartered in Newton, Massachusetts.
As Sittercity’s new CEO, Moochhala has been tasked with overseeing the merger with Bright Horizons and developing the company’s strategy and vision over the next three to five years.
“It felt like a good fit,” she said. “There’s a renewed mission now that the pandemic has highlighted and accelerated the issues with child care. There is so much room for innovation.”