GW Law Student Creates Babysitting Service to help DC community during pandemic

A first-year law student has found a unique way to help parents in the Washington D.C. area during the pandemic. Ethan Schuchart, who attends George Washington Law School, has created a community wide childcare program to benefit families and college students who lost employment during the non-essential employee shakedown.

“I know COVID has not only impacted these families being able to send kids to school, but it has affected work opportunities for [college] students,” Shuchart said in an interview with the The GW Hatchet, a law school newspaper.

Shuchart created the website Students for Students DC, earlier this year. The idea came after he posted a babysitting form on the Overheard at GW Facebook page.  

“I'm currently working with a number of families in the DC area to help them find babysitters and childcare during the week as many DC schools have closed/gone virtual,” the Aug. 5 post reads, “If you'll be in DC, love working with kids, and want to make a couple bucks in between classes, fill out this interest form to get connected with parents looking for responsible and caring babysitters!”

According to the GW Hatchet, hundreds of students responded to the social media post and more than 90 undergraduate and graduate students have the site since its launch over the summer. Schuchart did not want to have to hand match all the families with college students so Students for Students was founded. 

It’s a resource for families to use when trying to juggle their own career while also being tasked with homeschooling their child. When browsing the website, you are able to scroll and find a caregiver using their provided information. 

The website puts together the list of caregivers in the community, however, the prices, times and contact all worked out between the family and hired help.

“For example, I usually work with really young toddlers and those parents are looking really just for babysitting, literally somebody to be in the room with their kid and keep them entertained and safe,” he said. “But there are some parents with older students, like elementary schoolers, who need a bit more academic assistance and help facilitating the online learning.” Shucart told the Hatchet.  

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