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Haven Boise: Pop-up childcare company coming to community spaces, weddings and more in Boise

There’s a new type of childcare coming to families in the Treasure Valley – pop-up childcare.

Starting in January, Haven Boise’s caregivers will be offering onsite, supervised play areas for children ages 6 months to 4 years old. They’ll go into the hosted space, clean it, childproof it, and set up equipment and supplies.

The idea for Haven first started when founder Johanna Laney personally experienced difficulty finding childcare.

“As a work-from-home parent, I wanted a part-time, flexible option and couldn’t find anything,” Laney said. “I ended up signing up for every waitlist in town and was lucky enough to find full-time care after a grueling, several month-long search.”

What is pop-up childcare?

Pop-up sites will be located at community spaces that have the physical capacity to accommodate Haven’s setup. Fort Boise Community Center and JUMP are two examples of community spaces in Boise.

Laney said they are first focusing on offering co-working sessions for parents because it’s where they’re seeing the greatest need. These sessions would allow parents to work in quiet spaces while their children are with caregivers from Haven.

“Pop-up childcare could be for work-from-home parents, a parent with a side hustle, or a stay-at-home parent who wants to get things like meal prep done,” founder Johanna Laney said. “We cater to the in-between parents who need a flexible accommodation not met by traditional daycare options.”

Because Haven isn’t a licensed daycare facility, parents will be required to stay in the same building with their children at all times – similar to a Sunday school or gym facility option.

“We want to expand our offerings to include date nights at restaurants, spas, you name it,” Laney said. “We’re also available for hire at private events such as weddings. We will focus on expanding our co-working sessions to multiple areas within the Treasure Valley.”

Laney said they will also offer a pay-by-the-hour, drop-by option for parents who need to schedule a last-minute meeting or have a work emergency. The first co-working session will be happening next month at the Nine to Five Co-working space in Eagle.

Need for options

Laney cited a study from as one of the main reasons Treasure Valley families need this service. The 2022 study found that Idaho ranks 47th in the nation as one of the least accommodating states for working moms. The study goes more in-depth ranking Idaho last for child-care systems, 45th for professional opportunities, and 17th for work-life balance.

“As a work-from-home parent it’s so hard to find quality time to get work done with my littles around. So many daycare options require full day, are expensive, or have no openings,” Becca Bailey founder of blog Boise With Kids said. “Having the opportunity to get quality care for my son while I get solid work time in will be a game changer!”

An influx of remote workers and Boise’s growing population also contribute to the need for different types of childcare.

“I started Haven with the mission of helping other families find childcare options that work for them, Laney said. “While Haven might serve a subset of the population (parents with children under 4), having more childcare options helps everyone whether by freeing up space in another childcare facility or giving someone else the inspiration to offer onsite childcare.”

In order to better gauge the childcare needs in the Treasure Valley, Haven currently has a survey open on its website.

Laney said the cost to rent the community spaces and pay well-trained, qualified caregivers will determine rates.

“We do our best to keep prices as affordable as we can while also paying our caregivers a living wage,” she said. “Wages are not keeping up with inflation and we can ensure high-quality personnel by offering a wage that motivates our team to be passionate about Haven.”

Laney said that they are continuing to look for caregivers who once hired will complete a First Aid/CPR Certification, have a comprehensive background check, and go through Haven’s training.

For updates on Haven Boise and to participate in the survey, click here.

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Anna Daly - BoiseDev Reporter
Anna Daly - BoiseDev Reporter
Anna Daly is a reporter for BoiseDev. She's an Emmy-winning journalist, and a professor at the College of Western Idaho. Contact her at [email protected].

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