If you’re anything like me, you’ve just about had it with patching together childcare and independent work time. It can be exhausting, overly complicated, and depressing. Well, finally, two women in Brooklyn have tackled the dilemma and created a coworking/childcare facility known as CoHatchery. Read about it here!
~Rebecca Conroy, Editor of A Child Grows in Brooklyn
CoHatchery, a co-working space offering child care is launching a summer program in Park Slope starting July 11 and running through Sep 2. CoHatchery’s mission is to “empower parents to pursue big careers without compromising parenthood,” and co-founder Susann Friedrich says Park Slope is the ideal neighborhood to test its model.
Parents can rent desk at CoHatchery’s co-working space on President Street and Seventh Avenue while their children participate in an afternoon program with enrichment activities right across the street at Kidville. CoHatchery’s early childhood education experts have developed a proprietary child care curriculum, which is geared toward children ranging from 6 months to 4 years old and incorporates Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio Emilia philosophies, with Montessori style mixed-age classrooms and smaller age-based learning groups. Parents can stop by to visit their little ones at any time while they’re working, and moms and dads can also join their kids for 30 minutes of parent-child “integration” activities at the beginning and the end of the program.
The co-working space will be available from 12:30 to 6 p.m. and the child care lasts from 1 to 4 p.m. The set-up will let parents stay close to their kids while they work undisturbed, but it will also give moms and dads who might otherwise be working at home the chance to get out and meet others in similar situations. CoHatchery also plans to host a series of events on both parenting and business-related topics to help parents network and learn throughout the summer.
Susann Friedrich launched CoHatchery earlier this year together with her co-founder, Wendy Xiao, whom she met at Columbia Business School. After both of them graduated with their MBAs in May, they have been working on launching in Park Slope. Xiao also just recently moved to Park Slope together with her husband and son Tyler, who just turned 2.