The Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Awards are back and we won our category! Thank you so much to everyone who voted for us this year— the support we have from our WeVillage family is amazing and we're so happy to serve our clients. We'll continue to make you proud, WeFamily!
WeVillage was voted for another amazing award from Willamette Week. A huge thank you to everyone who gave us your support!
Here's the results
Did you see our interview on KGW? It highlights all the great things WeVillage has to offer. Give it a watch!
Parents who telecommute. Parents who are entrepreneurs or freelancers. Parents who work multiple jobs or swing shifts or rotating shifts or part-time. Parents who are looking for work.Parents who need time for health care appointments. Parents who've gone back to school. Parents who've just moved to town and don't yet have a support network. Parents who've had a crisis pop up and need somewhere safe to leave the kids for the next hour or two.For these parents, child care can be twice the headache it is for parents who work regular business hours. So the concept of a drop-in child care center, where care is available by reservation or at the last minute, might seem a no-brainer.
Thousands of Portland families know it takes WeVillage to raise a child.
The drop-in daycare and preschool, which opened its first location in the Pearl in 2009, has served more than 4,000 families since then and today has three locations. About 40 new families a month join each location, according to founder and owner Karen Beninati, who is working to open new locations in Northeast Portland and Los Angeles. She is also eyeing Santa Monica, San Francisco, Seattle, and New York as potential WeVillage markets. She intends to franchise the brand in 2016.Her philosophy since the beginning: "Why not? Let's do this," she said.
Wieden+Kennedy, the advertising agency, and Laika, the Oscar-nominated animation studio, are subsidizing a portion of daycare expenses for employees.They're doing it using the drop-in licensed care and preschool provider WeVillage.
Beninati opened her first WeVillage location in the Pearl in late 2009. She has since opened two more locations and has served more than 4,000 families. WeVillage offers flexible, no-commitment licensed care for children six weeks to 12 years old, as well as a drop-in preschool and special events for kids. Families pay by the hour, with a minimum stay of two hours. WeVillage has sites in The Pearl, Hillsboro and Happy Valley and one in Northeast opening in 60 days.
Thanks to everyone who voted for us in the Red Tricycle 2013 Totally Awesome Awards, we won! WeVillage was voted the best “drop off child care program” in Portland. We love your kids and we love the opportunity to watch them develop and grow, thanks for letting us be part of your life!
Click on the link below for Red Tricycle’s interview with Karen, the brains and beauty behind WeVillage.
WeVillage Red Tricycle Award
Faith and Joseph Thomas were working parents in their 20s and stretched to the limit. Faith had an unpredictable schedule -- 10- to 12-hour days -- as a salesperson for media firms. Joseph, an engineer, traveled out of state for weeks at a time setting up biodiesel plants.
"I learned it was quite expensive to have a nanny on call," Faith Thomas said. "Normal, traditionalchild care centers weren't open on the weekends."They've both since quit those jobs and this month plan to open a business designed to meet their old needs -- a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week drop-in day care center.The Thomases hope their first DropNplay, in a prominent storefront in downtown Lake Oswego, takes off and allows them to open three other franchises in the Willamette Valley. They join a slowly expanding type of commercial child care center that some have called "flex care," aimed at serving the nontraditional worker and new parents who just want a night out alone.
WeVillage Drop-in Playcare in Portland's Pearl District, which stays open until 11:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, plans to open franchises in Seattle and Los Angeles, owner Karen Beninati said. More
“I started this business because I saw the need so clearly,” she says. “I lived it.” As an independent film producer in LA, Beninati found “flexible schedule” actually meant constant child-care woes. “I was dragging my son around everywhere,” she says. “Production meetings. Agent meetings.” She found daycares depressing. “How can people like me insist that restaurants be beautiful,” she says, “yet leave our kids at these awful places?” There was also a personal dimension: “When can I go on a date?”