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‘Some people spend more on childcare options than rent’: Co-working space aims to empower parents with next-gen programs

February 2, 2019

In an effort to help ease the practical and financial burden placed on working parents, storied co-working space The Wing has introduced a new childcare center for its members and staff — The Little Wing.

The first Little Wing opened in December at The Wing’s SoHo Manhattan location, with the goal of supporting both children and their parents. It features an array of carefully selected children’s literature, and a schedule of events that include biweekly support and discussion circles for parents and a variety of classes for children: among them STEAM courses (science, technology engineering, art, and math), and mindfulness and social emotional lessons. The center also offers courses that parents and children can take together or separately, such as yoga, dance, and music.

Speaking to Vogue, The Wing co-founder Lauren Kassan said that she became acutely aware of the obstacles faced by working mothers when she was pregnant and working to make The Wing a reality alongside Audrey Gelman nearly four years ago.

“Every day, I was being bombarded with questions, like what kind of childcare options I was going to exercise, or how I was going to take care of my child while also scaling a successful company. That’s when I had my ‘aha’ moment and realized how fundamentally important access to quality child care was for working parents.”

In the future, Kassan says, she expects to see more and more institutions offering parents similar options.

“We’ve come a long way in the sense that more parents are returning to work after having a child, but there’s still so much we need to do, considering that some people spend more on childcare options than rent,” she noted. “Being a mother informs so much of my approach as a leader and how I make business decisions … it’s so imperative to give women, especially mothers, a seat at the table.”

Read the full story at Vogue.

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