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Our village is saying

Otter caregivers make over $600/week on average

“I got laid off a few months ago and being able to do this helped me pay my bills.”

Keisha, Caregiver
Mom of 1

“We found an awesome caregiver, our kids got to spend time with other kids, and we didn’t have to worry about safety”

Elisa, Careseeker
Mom of 2

It feels good to be rewarded for my work taking care of kids. I was doing this before but I wasn't getting paid and this feels really different.”

Jess, Caregiver
Mom of 2

“Our caregiver and her family feel like part of our family. I can’t imagine these past few months without Otter.”

Patricia, Careseeker
Mom of 2

“The matching process really helped me feel comfortable trusting our caregiver.”

Serenity, Careseeker
Mom of 2

We help families find safe, flexible childcare

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Tell us about your kids, your schedule, and your parenting style.

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Every parent on Otter passes a background check during onboarding.

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Meet parents in your community who are caregivers or who need care.

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Manage scheduling, payment, and pick-up and drop-off, all in one place.

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The origin story

Helen Mayer founded Otter to help every family find their village.

Helen was raised by a stay-at-home mom and started Otter in 2020 while she was a stay-at-home parent to her toddler twins.

“I feel so lucky to get to tackle a problem I'm passionate about with people I admire.”