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This Online Platform Helps Black Families Locate Culturally Relevant Childcare Providers

Afrinanny — an online marketplace — is on a mission to help families locate childcare providers that will provide their children with the most culturally relevant experience. Founder Dr. Irene Okoronkwo-Obika was inspired after she did not have a good experience with finding a provider who would meet the unique needs of her children. “I figured that families of Black children need a streamlined way to access providers,” said Dr. Okoronkwo-Obika in an interview with SHOPPE BLACK . “ Our kids need to be the priority, not the afterthought.” She also noted how important it is for Black children to receive childcare that reiterates cultural experiences most relevant to them. “From birth, the odds are stacked against Black children,” she says. “It is important for them to have a community around that uplifts and instills cultural pride and identity.” As the brand continues to grow, Dr. Okoronkwo-Obika says she hopes the community will continue to support them by word of mouth so more...

Shanique Yates

Nov 5, 2020

GoNanny Wants to Make Childcare For Older Kids Easier

Finding a reliable babysitter can be difficult, but Chicago-based startup GoNanny wants to the process easier. “There needs to be a modern approach to childcare,” GoNanny Founder and CEO Patrice Darby told Afrotech. “Go Nanny comes in for the independent children.” Darby said that children over the age of six typically do not need the same amount of care as younger children and infants. “Every single family I worked for had kids who were in school, so I would be in their houses for eight hours with no work,” Darby said. “Trust and dependability are so important that parents are willing to pay for someone when they’re not using the person.” Darby created GoNanny after working as a licensed nanny for eight years. She comes from a family of childcare workers — her parents owned their own daycare and afterschool care center and her sister owns a daycare center. GoNanny was founded to plug the hole to provide childcare for short increments of time. Users register a GoNanny account,...

Arriana McLymore

Oct 22, 2018