Re: Hire Babysitters?
From: Kathryn McCamant (
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:29:44 -0800 (PST)
All the communities I have lived in (Doyle Street and Nevada City Cohousing), 
as well as communities I’ve worked with, have budgeted for childcare during 
meetings. IMHO, if you want kids in your community, the whole community needs 
to help support parents involvement from the earliest planning meetings. I even 
know of situations where the parent didn’t want to come to the meeting during 
the planning phase, but the kid wanted to see their buddies so drug the parent 
along.  It tends to take a while for parents to get comfortable that there will 
be a good childcare options and worth bringing their kids, so keep offering it 
up even if it doesn’t work out a first. 

Kathryn McCamant, President
CoHousing Solutions
241B Commercial Street 
Nevada City, CA 95959
T.530.478.1970  C.916.798.4755

On 11/21/17, 8:32 AM, "Cohousing-L on behalf of Elizabeth Magill" 
< [at] on 
behalf of pastorlizm [at]> wrote:

    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]> 
    > 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 
    >> 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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