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Washtenaw United: 'Family Pod Match' Helps A2/Ypsi Area Parents Find Shared Child Care Opportunities

Aug 17, 2020

Family Pod Match founder Sivan Jones
Credit Sivan Jones

The prospect of an uncertain school year is causing a great deal of worry for most parents.  A new service in the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area called Family Pod Match aims to help navigate ways to alleviate some of that stress during COVID-19 and the new academic year.  For this week's "Washtenaw United," WEMU's David Fair talks with the program's founder, Sivan Jones, about how she can help find the right family match to share the burdens of daycare, so working parents can better balance need and uncertainty.  


WEMU has partnered with the United Way of Washtenaw County to explore the people, organizations, and institutions creating opportunity and equity in our area.  And, as part of this ongoing series, you’ll also hear from the people benefiting and growing from the investments being made in the areas of our community where there are gaps in available services.  It is a community voice.  It is 'Washtenaw United.'


ABOUT SIVAN JONES:

Sivan is a researcher and writer working in the field of food policy and a mom of 2 living in Ann Arbor.  She recently started Family Pod Match to help parents during COVID.

RESOURCES:

Family Pod Match

UWWC STATEMENT:

United Way of Washtenaw County’s mission is to CONNECT people, resources, and organizations TOGETHER to create a thriving community for EVERYONE.  COVID-19 has and will continue to impact the educational system and families amongst other aspects of our lives.  Education is one of our Building Blocks that seeks to foster literacy, academic success, and school engagement.  In these unprecedented times, families are under tremendous stress balancing work, childcare, and online school work.  Family Pod Match creates community to be a support system for families and to undergird the importance of distance and virtual learning through the local school systems.

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— David Fair is the WEMU News Director and host of Morning Edition on WEMU.  You can contact David at 734.487.3363, on twitter @DavidFairWEMU, or email him at dfair@emich.edu