We’re out to transform the way we do childcare in this country. This bold vision should come as no surprise. Our founder cut her teeth in grassroots organizing, campaigning on the local, statewide and federal levels and winning more than 40 major campaigns for female candidates and women’s issues. She served two government appointments for her work. So it should come as no surprise that she sees childcare as "civic infrastructure" just like bridges, dams, roads, utilities, healthcare, education and housing. (BTW - "civic infrastructure" is a term she made up...)
What does that mean? I means that childcare aka early childhood education (and, yes, there’s a difference*) is a critical, foundational part of our society. It always has been. And, it is now more than ever: dual-income households are the norm, breadwinning women are an emerging majority and modern dads are taking on new roles at work and home.
Here’s the rub: America never built an interstate-highways-systems-worth of early childhood care and education in this country. Yikes!
So, what do we do now? We build. How do we build? We look at what is working, what is not, and what is missing.
I know what you’re thinking: grrrrreeeeaaaatttt. A long-term study that costs bajillions of dollars to tell us what we already know:
I NEED TO GET TO WORK, LIKE, NEXT WEEK. WHERE ARE MY KIDS -- MY PRECIOUS BABIES -- GOING TO GO WHEN I’M AT WORK?!
We get it. We know that we’ve got to design for the future, while providing practical solutions now. And, that’s what we do.
JuiceBox Hero provides easy access to existing childcare options (that are licensed and verified)
For the many, many parents who are seeking the right care who can’t find it, know that we are here for you, too. Our insight team works with stakeholders in government, advocacy groups, home builders and more to map childcare deserts & help build a future of high-quality, affordable childcare that serves many needs (special needs, 3rd shifts, along major traffic corridors, in opportunity zones and more).
*childcare vs. early childhood education = is someone simply, safely watching our children? Or, are they educating our early learners? There’s a big difference, and it’s especially important given most brain development happens in the first five year of life! It’s SUPER important that we invest in these critical early years! AND, these programs aren’t always available -- or accessible -- for many parents. So, you won’t see judgement or make-wrongs from JuiceBox Hero. Nuh uh. While holding a vision for high-quality, affordable early childhood education for all, we err on the side of "everyone is doing their dosh garn best". So, if you’re a mama that couldn’t get your kid into Baby Yale, we get it. We trust that you picked the best available option to hang with/love on/educate your most important person while you go to work and make it happen.
As the founder of JuiceBox Hero, Laurie Felker Jones is a recognized leader for women and families. She brings nearly 20 years of experience in this arena, including designing and scaling efforts that elected more than 30 women in Texas. Along the way, she had two wonderfully busy kids. As a busy working mom working on women's issues, she knew intimately that her own challenges of finding childcare were likely not unique... Both her professional and personal experiences gave her the insight and know-how to create a modern way for working parents to find quality childcare -- something 11 million kids access every week in America.
Breck hails most recently from San Francisco. She brings her significant experience with startups in Sales, Product and Design Thinking to her role as Head of Operations. Andrea leads support for our parent and provider communities. Andrea is the proud daughter of immigrants and busy mom to 3 kids under 5! She also experienced in tech and social work.
Our tech is led by Brandon Burris and Youssef Chaker. Brandon is a proven entrepreneur and and full stack developer who most recently built a product with worldwide applications, including for the DOD (Army DCGS, SOCOM and the DIA). Youssef has been involved with startups as a founder, fractional CTO, mentor, and advisor. He is also an active contributor and leader in Austin’s Ruby on Rails community and volunteer with organizations like ChickTech Austin, and a mentor to DivInc, a program dedicated to diversity.
Big ups to the following folks who guide JuiceBox Hero with their strategic advice & mentorship.
I was told to contact Andrea from Juice Box Hero. We got on a 10-15 minute phone call where I provided her with the info of what we were looking for. Within 2 weeks I received a couple recommendations and decided to go with one of them. We did a tour and knew that was where we wanted our daughter! It was all what we were looking for AND at a price within our budget. Even better, was the fact that I did not have to do more calling around and research. This is an excellent program/organization for any parent or guardian seeking appropriate childcare. Thanks again Laurie and Andrea!
I wanted to let you know that we've selected a childcare provider after using your search platform. I think it’s pretty telling of the current state of childcare that my baby isn’t due until August and we wouldn't enroll until Jan. That’s how competitive it is out there! Happy Thursday 🙂
Your website is a fantastic idea! Nothing like it out there.
Wouldn't have even known where to start without JuiceBox Hero -- such a helpful tool for new parents like myself!