What is Carina?

Carina is a non-profit organization that connects families with child care providers. Our service is free for all. We are not a child care business. We partner closely with labor unions, employers, government agencies and local family child care providers to provide this service.

What kind of child care providers are on Carina?

All child care providers on Carina are licensed and background checked. All child care providers on Carina are subject to inspection by state or local agencies, and must comply with all safety regulations. Most are “Family” or “In-Home” child care providers, which means they operate their child care businesses out of their homes. Many parents prefer in-home child care providers because they are smaller, have a personal connection, are closer to home or work, offer flexible schedules and provide a greater diversity of language and culture for families. 

How are child care providers working to reduce health risks during the Covid-19 crisis?

All child care providers on Carina are licensed, background checked, and receive health and safety training. They are subject to inspections and statewide public health guidelines for child care settings. For example, they have standards and practices around:

  • Screening children, staff, and parents for fever, symptoms

  • Disinfection and cleaning protocols

  • Limiting group size

Here are the state guidelines for child care providers listed on Carina

How much does child care cost and is there any financial assistance?

Licensed in-home family child care is generally more affordable than other types of child care. Child care costs vary by location, age of your child and provider. Contact child care providers directly to learn about their fees. 

Some states and employers have set up resources and programs to help essential workers access child care services at low or no cost. For more information, visit your state-specific website.

What is different about Carina?

Carina is built for working families who need reliable, licensed child care options.  Unlike other care matching platforms, Carina only features qualified, verified, experienced, and licensed providers. Over 1,700 licensed providers have joined our site. We partner with government agencies, labor unions, and other service providers to make sure you can find high quality, reliable care.

What’s the difference between family child care and center-based child care?

Family child care providers take care of children in their homes. Licensed providers meet state standards for background checks, pre-service training, and ongoing training. Families tend to prefer family child care because of their smaller size, ability to care for infants and toddlers, flexible schedules, and greater diversity of language and culture.

I definitely need child care but I’m worried about connecting with an unfamiliar provider. How can I learn more about providers I find on Carina?

We have robust systems in place to ensure that all child care providers in Carina are licensed, experienced, and following all COVID-19 protocols. To make the decision easier, in addition to available biographical information on Carina, you can ask for a virtual tour (using smartphones), references, and photos of the children’s environment to learn more about a particular provider. 

Carina’s Commitment to Equity and Justice

Black lives matter.

Black caregivers and consumers matter.

Black families matter.

Carina is committed to equity, inclusion and justice. We are opposed to the harassment, assault and killing of Black people. We are heartbroken for these victims  including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, victim’s families, and for the countless other families who’ve seen loved ones killed from police and racist violence. 

We stand together with every person fighting systemic racism, violence and the systems that perpetuate the inequity that Black people disproportionately experience.

Our platform aims to increase access and ease of use for women, people of color, people with disabilities, low-income families and all marginalized communities who are most impacted by our nation’s broken care system.

We are committed to working with labor unions and supporting unionized care workers. 

We acknowledge the incredible work labor unions and their members have done to uplift working people and fight racial injustice and remain committed to bringing unionized work to more caregivers.

We have additional work to do to ensure equitable access to our service.

  • We are committed to conducting a diversity and equity audit to further evaluate whether the beneficiaries of our service reflect the communities we seek to serve including black families and black caregivers.
  • In addition to this service audit, we will also conduct further diversity and equity analysis and staff development to ensure we are living up to our values.
  • We will continue seeking more ways to care for and support the diverse caregivers, families, and other people who need care in our communities.

Click here for more information on the exploration of race and caregiving.