KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
March 23, 2020
By Pat Baldwin
As Katy students begin online classes, parents will inevitably share their instructional challenges. To support local families, College Nannies + Sitters + Tutors offers valuable tools. They have added vital resources and special pricing to serve clients’ needs during this national emergency.
Doina Berea repeats the idea like a mantra: “Happy parents mean happy families.” And now, in the midst of crisis, the owner of the area franchise of College Nannies + Sitters + Tutors considers herself a first responder to the latest childcare needs of her clients, many of whom are dealing with various coronavirus-triggered situations.
“Everything has changed,” says Berea. “Demands for back-up care now are huge.”
Berea’s clients are families and companies seeking short-term and long-term childcare typically in the home or at business locations. Berea has added remote tutoring services, using FaceTime and Zoom, and has team members prepared to help Katy Independent School District students as online classes are established. Established clients have certain virtual scheduling options.
Berea has added health concerns to her vetting process so that neither her team members nor families are exposed to any risks.
“We are a dynamic industry,” Berea says. “I have to stay informed.”
Currently, that includes keeping clients and team members up-to-date regarding precautions to be taken regarding the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.
The Katy franchise is currently offering a 10 percent discount on all tutoring and, on a case-by-case basis, revamping criteria for placement fees including waivers and discounts.
“I just put aside everything so I can help other people in my situation,” Berea says. Her “situation” includes keeping two children busy at home while she works.
Berea says she is passionate about her business doing well by doing good for both her clients and her team members.
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