Caregiving Tweaks

Child Care

Sheila Lirio Marcelo

Sheila Lirio Marcelo, is the Founder and CEO of Care.com, an online resource for families and care providers to easily connect, share caregiving experiences, and get advice. The service enables families to find and select the best care possible based on detailed profiles, background checks, and references for hundreds of thousands of mom-reviewed providers who are seeking to share their services. Sheila and Care.com have been featured in national news outlets including NBC's Today, Good Morning America, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, Parenting and Fortune.


Create a nanny contract, so there are no misunderstandings. This clearly states salary, expectations around vacation days, sick days, holidays, if you expect light housekeeping. Also, include what your caregiver should expect from you as the employer. Then, in case something comes up down the road, you can always pull out contract and have a conversation about it. The tone of the contract matters. You don’t want to sound litigious, but you want to just be very clear about expectations on both sides. We provide guides, tips around nanny contracts and other issues on Care.com.