Child care web sites

College Nannies and Tutors

This site was founded in Minnesota by Joseph Keeley, a business-school student who took a job as a nanny — or “manny” — caring for children in Edina in the summer of 2000. This popular site has grown into a large organization offering on-call child-care, nanny-placement services and more to families across the country.

Started as a hub for sitters and parents alike, this site and its iPhone and Android apps help families coordinate childcare, senior care and house sitting. For a $39 monthly membership, users can select the type of care they desire and match their needs with a caregiver.

Child Care Aware Minnesota

This local program (formerly known as the Minnesota Child Care Resource and Referral Network) is part of a national organization that helps families find child care. Spanish, Hmong and Somali language-translation services are available by phone and online. 



Known as the Open Table of family-care services, this site offers a free way for families to find and book services such as babysitting, pet care, tutoring and more. 

Minnesota Department of Human Services

Get information about child-care assistance and much more on this state-run site.


Founded in 2001, this site — as well as a mobile app for iPhone and Android — helps families find care for children, seniors and pets. Monthly, three-month and annual paid plans allow users to post care jobs or search for local providers in their area.


Parents and sitters can create profiles and post jobs, availability and rates for service. Certified background checks, an online payment system, parent reviews and recommendations are part of the deal, as is a handy on-the-go app for iPhone. (Android is on the way.) Hiring fees apply.