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Find virtual childcare from Flexable

Kristine Sorensen
July17/ 2020

In Pennsylvania, 40 percent of brick and mortar childcare facilities are expected to shut down by the time we’re out of the pandemic.  That’s why the local company “Flexable”came up with virtual childcare, and it’s catching on.

Without summer camps and daycare, parents often have to resort to screens.  Wendy Gilch, a mom from Franklin Park, said, “I don’t think anyone’s in a position right now where they’re doing anything great, your job, your parenting.”

“Flexable” created small-group mini-camps and one-to-one virtual childcare.  They’re 30 or 60 minutes online sessions with topics like art, black history, math, and magic.

Angela Ferguson from Mt. Lebanon said of her children’s experience with the sessions, “There’s two-way communication so every kid gets a chance to hear their name and gets to participate on their own, and it’s really engaging.”

Mom Marni Pastor said, “That’s what’s beautiful.  We had the kids in one room, usually on their Ipad, and we can be not too far away, but in another room on a call or getting work done.”

Priya Amin, Flexable CEO and co-founder, says the sessions cost from $15 to $45 dollars.  The kids talk, move and interact with the teacher. She learned from what didn’t work with her own kids in other online programs.  “Oftentimes it was a one-way conversation from the host or the teacher’s perspective so that my kids didn’t really get a chance to interact, and they hung up,” Amin said.

“Flexable” is working with companies that want to offer this to their employees to help with working at home, and they’re also working with schools and municipalities as they consider the possibility of kids being at home at least some of the time in the fall.

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Kristine Sorensen

I am proud to work at KDKA-TV -- anchoring the news, hosting Pittsburgh Today Live and doing special reports. I am married to KDKA reporter Marty Griffin and we have 3 children. I first moved to Pittsburgh in 1999 but I’ve lived in Dallas, Johnson City, Tenn., Chicago, Williamsburg, Va., Milwaukee and Winter Park, Fla. Pittsburgh is now the place I call home.

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