KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One Kansas City, Missouri, company is going into overdrive to help parents as they change routines because of new rules aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Many school districts around Kansas City have canceled school for the immediate future, so nannies and tutors are in high demand.
The owner of College Nannies, Sitters and Tutors expects to hire 20 new nannies by the end of April. He said many applicants are teachers aids and paraprofessionals who need a job while schools are closed.
Parents have told the company they need help, even if they work from home.
"Even if mom and dad need to work a three or four hour break where we can watch the kids while they get work done, that's a great fit for us and it’s a great fit for them,” explained Matt Murray, the owner of KC’s College Nannies, Sitters and Tutors location.
When it comes to tutors, Murray expects to ramp up what he offers in April when he expects school districts to have a better idea of how they’ll implement virtual learning. He is transitioning tutoring services to only offer it online via one-on-one video chats between students and tutors.
“I don't think we're going to miss a beat. I think we're going to be able to step in and help,” Murray said.
What keeps Murray so confident is the fact that his employees have told him they want to help, they don’t want to shut down.