Re: Hire Babysitters?
From: Elizabeth Magill (
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:32:19 -0800 (PST)
We have a person who arranges childcare and a budget. The caregivers
have been one outsider who came for years, then changing folk from
time to time, a period where community teens did the work (for pay)
and a period where the kids were old enough to not need/want a child
caree person. And now we are back to young folk that need child care.

Mosaic Commons cohousing in Berlin MA

On Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 11:29 AM, Muriel Kranowski <murielk [at]> wrote:
> We have a workshare position for handling childcare needs to allow members
> to attend meetings, and a budget to go with it.
> On Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 11:16 AM, R Philip Dowds <rpdowds [at]>
> wrote:
>> Coho Folks —
>> At Cornerstone in Cambridge, MA, we greatly value the maximum
>> participation of everybody at our business meetings — most notably our
>> monthly plenaries, but also committee meetings as well.  But for our
>> numerous families with small children, parental participation is often a
>> challenge for both single parent AND two parent households.  Accordingly,
>> we’re now looking at proposal to fund babysitters during certain meetings,
>> at a total annual cost estimated at $1700 (appx $53 per household).
>> My question is:  How do other communities liberate parents for meeting
>> participation?  Any details about your version of a babysitting pool?
>> Thanks,
>> Philip Dowds
>> Cornerstone Village Cohousing
>> Cambridge, MA
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(The Rev.) Elizabeth M. Magill
Minister to the Affiliates, Ecclesia Ministries

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