Your schedule.
Your community.
Care you can trust.

Find flexible, affordable, reliable childcare in your community from a vetted parent down the street.

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How it works

Create a profile

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

Pass a background check

Every parent on Otter passes a background check during onboarding.

Find your matches

Meet parents in your community who need care.

Book care

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

Find childcare that works for your family.

Our village is saying

Otter caregivers make over $600/week on average

“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

“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 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.”